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Carlos Tinoco


PhD, Interdisciplinary Research in Music

University of Ottawa

Faculty of Arts

WHY I CHOSE MY program

Growing up in a musical family, going into a music was an easy decision. I started music lessons quite young, and my passion continued to grow right throughout high school. As a backup, I did apply to the science program at the University of Calgary, but I always knew I wanted to be involved in music, one way or another. I'm thankful at the decisions I’ve made up until now and can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for me!


As well as being in a musical family, the biggest other passion on our family is for sports, specifically football (soccer, for you north American friends). Whether its soccer, baseball, basketball, or volleyball, I always try to find a way to be outside and be active. My newfound passion is definitely biking! I also DJ as much as I can, and I also really enjoy cooking up a good meal! My favorite animal is the penguin and pineapples definitely DO belong on pizza! 


  • Don’t think that it’s not okay for you to take a year off of school. I know way too many people pursuing things they weren’t sure of and then ended up hating everything about the subjects they chose. If you’re not sure what you want to do, take your time, find yourself.

  • It is also okay to switch programs halfway through your degree. Find your calling, find what makes you happy.

  • Pick happiness over money. If you hate what you’re doing but you know you’ll make money, is money really worth a lifetime of being unhappy? Probably not...

  • University is not only about learning more about a particular subject, but it’s also about learning more about yourself. It took me until the last year of my second degree to realize that I learned more about myself than I did about music. Explore, try new things, meet new people, live in the moment! 

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