In her 18 years teaching music, Lisa has used writing daily in any number of ways. From daily e-mails to colleagues, parents, and administrators, to lesson plans and curriculum, a profession in education includes a great deal of writing. As music department chairperson for her school district, Lisa serves as a liaison between her department members and the district administration, and is required to communicate professionally both verbally and in written form. In addition, she writes monthly meeting agendas and minutes to be submitted to the superintendent and other administrators. Lisa recently completed her Master's Degree in Music Education, which required a great deal of academic research writing. The writing sample below is an excerpt from her thesis proposal, chosen to demonstrate her ability to write in a highly academic style. Later examples will demonstrate different writing skill sets.