The Idea of Mythesis
Writing a dissertation is a challenge – and possibly one of the most important steps of your life. When leaving secondary school you start your studies, and attend different kinds of classes and technical courses where you learn to apply central rules and methods to craft scientific work. You start to try out how academic writing works, make mistakes when writing the first term papers, and search solutions of how to do it better next time.
Some faculties doesn´t provide specific introductory classes where you collect experience strategies and approaches by trial and error or acquire your toolkit for practical scientific work. Nevertheless, this is what you need when you plan to realize empiric research and fieldwork. And suddenly, you face biggest challenge: Planning and writing a Bachelor´s thesis, Master´s thesis, or doctoral dissertation all by yourself, with missing practical experience. It feels like jumping into cold water.
The idea of MyThesis was inspired by and increasing, visible need for tailored mentoring for academic writing that I start to notice during my studies. I had to deal with insoluble questions all along the way – especially during fieldwork. To solve the problems, I followed up on my best knowledge, but sometimes it brought me to the edge of despair.
In fact, I was not alone with my struggle. I read in the newspapers about the increasing number of thesis dropouts, discussed problems of lime-limited supervision with friends, and received requests for help and correction from fellow students who tried to fight all challenges of thesis writing on their own. Some worries were related to general questions like correct quoting while others came up with crucial errors like the presentation of their findings in the introductory section.
After my Ph.D. defense, I began to work for dissertation Coaching companies and I realized that the need for professional support is higher than I thought. Too many people feel just like you: They suffer from stressful periods, worry about a reaching at the required standard of academic writing. Some feel physiologically affected. All of these points brought me to the decision to dedicate my time to help and motivate students to resist and finish their thesis successfully. This is how MyThesis Academy was born…
ABOUT The CEO
During my Bachelor in Musicology and History at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar & University Friedrich Schiller Jena, I spent my exchange year abroad at the musicological Department of the famous Université Sorbonne in Paris (2010).
After finishing the Bachelor´s degree, I continued with a specialization in Latin American Studies at the UNESCO-Chair on Transcultural Music Studies (University of Music Weimar), and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Focusing on transcultural processes, I specialized in empirical research and fieldwork in the area of the Samba Schools and the famous Carnival from Rio de Janeiro, in particular at the GRES. Unidos de Vila Isabel, during my Master and Ph.D.
In 2020 I finished studies and graduated summa cum laude (100%). My Ph.D. thesis, titled “Da idea ao Samba – From the idea to samba. The creative process of composition & the art of writing Samba songs for Rio´s famous Samba schools“, will be published in 2021.
Musicologist & CEO
Dr. Friederike Jurth
I am a multilingual coach for thesis writing, editing and scientific research. Based in Germany and Spain, and original from Germany’s capital Berlin, I started my professional musical education with piano and violin studies at Berlin’s Particular College for Music, specializing in piano studies at the University of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin.
As a scholarship holder from the Dissertation Research Program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), I completed seven years of fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro and joined the Samba School Gres. Unidos de Vila Isabel as a researcher and violinist. Starting my professional academic career I am holding lectures and guest lectures at international Universities, such as Manhattan School of Music New York, University of the Arts Berlin, and Humboldt University Berlin, and publish various articles. After winning congress Travel grants from the International Musicological Society, from the International Council for Traditional Music and the International/European Music Council, I started to present my research at conferences all over the world, e.g. in Rio de Janeiro, Brisbane, Tokyo, London, Luzern, Tarragona or Dublin.
Passionate about empirical research, my particular interests are in the area of transcultural processes, Latin American Studies, Global Music Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Anthropology focussing on fieldwork and data analysis. After participating in projects like Global Music Database and Safar – Music from Afghanistan (from AMRC & the UNESCO-chair Weimar), I am currently collaborating with musicological Departments from the Universidad Complutense Madrid & Mahidol University Bangkok. Further, I am part of the specialized freelance consultants of the US. Ph.D. mentoring company Compita Consulting.