I am currently a junior at a small liberal arts school, and I recently started researching musicology graduate programs. My main areas of interest are music and queer/feminist studies, Mozart (particularly the DaPonte operas), 20th century opera (particularly Meredith Monk), and noise music.
I was wondering what that people in this community did to prepare for grad school. How much research experience did you have before school? I presented research at two conferences my sophomore year, and I'm currently doing research in my other undergraduate field (gender studies). How much of a difference to GPA and GRE scores make? (I haven't taken the GRE yet, but my GPA is a 3.9 or so). Do musicology programs like or frown upon interdiciplinary research, or does it depend on the program?
My favorite programs are UCLA and UC-Berkeley, both of which seem difficult to get into. When you were searching for schools, which programs seemed like "reach" programs, and which ones, well, were safety schools?
Basically: which programs will best suit my needs? What are these programs looking for? What can I do in the next year to make myself look more appealing to these programs?
Thanks for your help!
(x-posted to musicology_grad