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Dec. 17th, 2009 @ 12:27 am
Hey all,
I am applying to masters programs in musicology. My area is Music from the Renn. to early classical, specifically the influence of the church and musical growth (in my music history classes sometimes I felt like I was in a religion class instead of a music class). So I guess my interest would be Church Music, but I also like German Lieder and oratorio (which a lot of the time is religious).

I just thought I'd say hi. Anyone here interested in being firends that's cool too.
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From:nightingale0
Date:December 17th, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Hi. Any particular area of Renn. church music? I first got interested in music because of church, and still sing in the church choir, although recently I decided to go in a different direction with my studies.
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From:adele87
Date:December 17th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Music of the German and English Reformations.
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From:nightingale0
Date:December 18th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
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English reformation is fascinating!! Good luck.
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From:varanus
Date:December 17th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Why a Master's program? Why not go straight on through?
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From:adele87
Date:December 17th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
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None that will allow that in my area for in state tuition. Their either Masters only programs or a Ph.D program that won't allow that.

Besides, I'm autistic, and I think that with my abilities and where I'm at, this would be better.
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From:colonelperry42n
Date:December 17th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
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go for it!

Just in my own opinion, I think getting a masters first and then deciding on a Phd program later is better. Musicology is a pretty tough subject, and it's good to get a handle on it before going straight into a Phd program. I this is especially the case when if you were a performance degree in undergrad (although I don't know what your degree was beforehand) I say this, because musicology is a writing-intensive subject, and sometimes, students don't get the writing tools they need as a performance major to go straight into a Phd.

At any rate, I think a masters in musicology is a great step. I don't know anything about musicology departments with a good church music program, but let us know how it all goes!
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From:adele87
Date:December 17th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm not to worried about it. You can take a lot of Renn. music and I could take Religion classes as electives in the Religion Studies department. I plan to keep up with voice though, which was my instrument. I still want to sing, but voice doesn't pay the bills!

I was vocal performance but went back and fourth between an english major a lot, and eventually decided my writing was too academic to go into a creative writing major. My writing skills are very strong, so that's not the problem, but I am autistic, and want to ge ta handle on things first.
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From:colonelperry42n
Date:December 17th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
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sorry, that is not to say that a performance major would not have good writing skills, but musicology is a very tough subject. I think getting a masters first to see if it's something you would want to do for a career is a good choice. If your writing is too academic, that probably is a plus :)

Don't worry about being autistic, I'm sure you'll do fine. What schools are you applying to?
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From:adele87
Date:December 17th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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No no no, I meant I flucuated between being an English/Writing major over being a peformance major a lot.

Being autistic I also struggled with keeping the rhythm (because rhythm is somewhat of an abstract pattern) so my profs recommended me for musicology instead of perf, which is okay with me. If I wanted to perform later I'm sure a masters in musicology would actually be better then perf because it's an academic degree.

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From:colonelperry42n
Date:December 18th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
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cool! you sound like an interesting soul. Do you mind if I friend you?

Good luck with applying for schools! I hope all goes well.
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From:adele87
Date:December 18th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
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Friended, just I hope you don't mind my religion/music rants all the time. ;-)
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From:colonelperry42n
Date:December 18th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
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no problem. I go off on rants (although they have no particular theme) from time to time myself :)
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