The concept behind Mythesis
Writing your dissertation is a challenge–and possibly one of the most important steps of your life. After finishing secondary or high school you start your university studies, attending different kinds of classes and technical courses where you learn to apply foundational rules and methods in order to craft scientific work. You start to feel out how academic writing works, make mistakes when writing your first term papers, and find new solutions to help you do it better next time.
Some departments don’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’ll need when you conduct empirical research and fieldwork. And suddenly you’re facing your biggest challenge: Planning and writing a bachelor’s thesis, master’s thesis, or doctoral dissertation all by yourself, without crucial practical experience in planning and conducting research. It’s about as fun as jumping into ice-cold water.
The concept of MyThesis was inspired by an increasing, visible need for tailored mentoring for academic writing that I began to notice during my own studies. All along the way I had to deal with extremely challenging questions, especially when doing fieldwork. I followed up to the best of my ability to try to solve these problems, but sometimes it still brought me to the edge of despair.
I was not alone in my struggle. I read newspaper coverage about the increasing number of thesis dropouts, discussed the problems of insufficient supervision time with friends, and received requests for help and correction from fellow students who tried to surmount the challenges of thesis writing on their own. Some worries were related to general questions like correct citing while others brought to light crucial errors like presenting 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 greater than I thought. Too many people feel just like you: they suffer from stress, worried about reaching the required standard of academic writing. Some even feel physiologically affected. All of these points brought me to the decision to dedicate my time to help and motivate students to continue on and finish their theses successfully. That’s how the idea for MyThesis Academy came up…
ABOUT our CEO
During my bachelor’s degree in musicology and history at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar & Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, I spent my exchange year abroad at the musicology department of the famous Université Sorbonne in Paris (2010/2011).
After finishing my bachelor’s degree, I continued with a specialization in cultural anthropology and Latin American music studies at the UNESCO-Chair on Transcultural Music Studies (University 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 of Rio de Janeiro, in particular at the GRES. Unidos de Vila Isabel, during my master’s and Ph.D.
I finished my studies in 2020, graduating summa cum laude (100%). My Ph.D. thesis, titled “From the idea to samba. The creative process of composition and the art of writing Samba songs for Rio’s Carnival“, will be published in 2022.
Dr. Friederike Jurth
Dr. Friederike Jurth
Part of the authors of the Cambridge Companion to Music in Brazil 2024.
I finished my studies in 2020, graduating summa cum laude (100%), and started my work in academia as an academic mentor, lecturer/examiner, and multilingual coach in thesis writing, editing, and scientific research (teaching in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese).
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. Upon starting my professional academic career I began to give lectures and guest lectures at international universities, such as the Manhattan School of Music in New York, the University of the Arts in Berlin, and Humboldt University in Berlin. I also publish various articles. Having won conference travel grants from the International Musicological Society, the International Council for Traditional Music, and the International/European Music Council, I have presented my research at conferences all over the world – in Rio de Janeiro, Brisbane, Tokyo, London, Lucerne, Tarragona (Spain), and Dublin.
In addition to my passion for empirical research, my particular interests lie in the area of transcultural processes, Latin American studies, global music studies, ethnomusicology, and anthropology, with a focus on ethnographic fieldwork and data analysis.
Past research projects include the Global Music Database and Safar: Music from Afghanistan, funded by the Afghanistan Music Research Center and the German Federal Foreign Office. In addition to my current position as an associate professor at the department of philology/cultural studies at the University of Vienna, my projects include collaborations with the musicological departments of both the Universidad Complutense Madrid and Mahidol University in Bangkok. I am also a specialized freelance consultant with the Compita Consulting, a Ph.D. mentoring company based in the US.