jmorgan3 wrote:Did any of the technical classes you took have a project component? That's a good way to demonstrate aptitude and interest, and a professor might remember you.
Actually no. There is no formal engineering school at my college, so aside from a couple EE courses I took this past summer at JHU, my courses have been more theoretical: physics, math, and CS. I figured that there was a good argument to be had for solidifying my theoretical base first anyways before jumping into EE practice.
jmorgan3 wrote:If you are willing to put off grad school for another year, you could probably get some undergrad research experience or some EE design project classes to make you stand out for letters.
I hadn't thought of that. I guess I figured I had to be a full time engineering student to get into a research program. I'll check that out for sure if I can't figure this situation out!
Also, you might want to look into programs like this
for the master's, so that your music background makes you an asset.
Yeah, I looked at that one, as well as CCRMA at Stanford, the program at Peabody Conservatory, and the one here in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon. CCRMA seemed cool, and I got the fantastic opportunity to talk with Dr Julius Smith and to meet (the now late) Max Matthews, but in general it seemed like these programs would have mostly entailed me struggling to produce graduate-level research and thesis work while having to fill in the holes in my undergraduate education in a very short amount of time, since the timetables for those programs seemed much less flexible than those of the straight EE programs. Also I wasn't sure that doing that sort of program wouldn't pigeohole me into the music industry, working for Waves or Universal Audio or the like. It's not that I wouldn't love to do that, but especially in this economy, the last thing I want to do is limit my job opportunities; I'll still be qualified for those jobs coming from a more traditional Master's program. Also in general, taking a more traditional approach would make me more qualified for PhD. and eventual teaching work, which is where I would eventually like to end up. Anyways, I decided instead to just push my lateral and creative thinking skills as much as I could through music school while piling on the math and science courses, and then dive headfirst into EE afterwards.