Last week in working on my research paper I came to realize that I was in need of a music theory mentor. I have had great success in producing sheet music, however, I now have more than 30 pages of it sitting in my computer, just waiting to be edited and perfected. On Monday I opened the file to start this process and realize that although I have an extensive background in reading sheet music, I have absolutely no experience composing or editing it.
So I was in need of some help. With the help of T. Margaret I contacted James Ra, Westtown Class of 1992, a composer living in New York City. I explained a bit about my project asked if he would be willing to take me on as my new mentor. I was thrilled when in just a few hours he replied back saying he’s be happy to help and wanting more information on my project. Over the course of this week James and I have been emailing back and forth about the music I have produced and what his role will be in helping me. He currently is taking a look at the sheet music for Data Set 1, I expect to hear feedback by the beginning of next week.
Besides finding a music theory mentor this week has been fairly low key. I worked on the bibliography of my research paper, spent some time in the art center playing the sheet music on my violin, and sent emails to different science journals asking about submission policy and eligibility. Many of the journals I have found are for spesifically undergraduate students. In total I emailed six different undergraduate journals about possible loop holes for me as a high school student. I have heard back from one so far, the editor of The Journal of Young Investigators, who told me that I was welcome to submit my research if I had the mentorship of a college professor. As a result of this response I plan to reach out to my astrophysics mentor, Gabriele, to find out about where she thinks I should start looking for a professor who would be willing to review my work.
There are also quite a few science journals aimed specifically at high school students. These include The National High School Journal of Science, mentioned in my last blog post, The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science, and others. I am working on compiling a list of all of the journals, both colligate and high school, that I am going to submit my paper to. The thought of being a published researcher is exciting and motivates me to work diligently and frequently.
Until next time, stay curious.
Here is some of James Ra’s own work, I am Here for Items with the Lord – For Violin and Piano.
Image credit: “For Violin & Piano – PART.” James Ra. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Sept. 2014.