Tim Doyle


Expected graduation date: December 2013

Degree objective: MM in Music Performance

Instrument: Guitar

University highlights, achievements and awards: Graduate assistantship 2012–2013; multiple performances with fellow students and faculty for various ISU events and recitals; development of the Community School of the Arts guitar program; participation in several master classes.

High School: Page High School, Greensboro NC

Undergraduate Institution: Quito, Ecuador and Greensboro, NC

Hometown: Neoga, IL

Family ties to ISU: My wife is an employee of ISU

I chose to attend ISU because… My wife and I moved to Terre Haute in the fall of 2011 so she could begin her work at ISU. I decided to return to school and was fortunate enough to be offered an assistantship to attend the ISU School of Music to work on my Master’s degree.

When I have free time, I like… Mountain biking, yoga, movies, cooking.

My favorite places on campus to study are… My office in the Fine Arts building and the 3rd floor of the Library.

My favorite professor is… This is a difficult question to answer with a single name or even a handful of names. What I will say is that I feel truly privileged to have so many skilled and talented educators at my disposal while being a student at ISU.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with… Thomas Jefferson, Frank Zappa, any lost relatives I never knew.

If I knew I could not fail, I would… Design and build a house.

After graduation, I plan to… As a teacher I plan to continue developing the guitar program for the ISU Community School of the Arts, offering comprehensive guitar instruction both privately and through group courses. As a performer I plan to continue building a regional fan base as I lay the groundwork for more national and international performance opportunities.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be… Being invited as a guest artist and performing with ISU Steel Drum Ensemble.

If I knew then what I know now, I would… have had clearer aims for my work much earlier in life. Spent more time practicing.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they…

  • Take your Skills class seriously…you will need all of your ear training and sight-reading skills no matter what you do. To put it simply, they will make you a better musician.
  • Don’t compromise your practice. You are only as good as the time you invest.
  • Decide what you want your life to entail post college – then start working toward it becoming a reality now. It will be here before you realize.

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