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Notes from Appian Way: Getting the Most Out of HGSE

Taylor Morris is a master’s of education candidate in the Arts in Education Program. An avid violinist, fiddler, and educator from Arizona, Taylor aims to develop out-of-the-box experiences for string players by encouraging them to compose, arrange and improvise.

Squeezing the Most Out of HGSE

When I arrived at HGSE, I learned it is common to compare these 9 months in a master’s program to drinking from a firehose: there’s so much that you’ll be overwhelmed just taking in the amount that you can. I was skeptical at first. I mean, yeah, it’s Harvard, we’re in Cambridge, and near Bostonbut how can that be a thing?! Turns out nobody is exaggerating–it’s actually a thing! And, it’s equal parts incredible, overwhelming, and totally inspiring. There really is that much to do both on and off campus. While I could talk about any number of extracurricular experiences in which I’ve had the fortune to partake, I want to give a shout out to Continuing the Conversation, a biennial conference for artists and educators coordinated by alumni from Arts in Education (AIE), my program here at HGSE. Read more… Read more student blog posts about life at the Ed School at Notes from Appian Way. To learn more about Harvard Graduate School of Education, including programs and application deadlines, visit