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"Everybody understands what musicology is, at least in a general way."
--Joseph Kerman (1985)

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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.
House Divided
Jun. 30th, 2008 @ 01:59 pm Phd abroad
Hello all-

I'm just finished my first year of a masters in musicology, and I'm trying to think of where I should go for my Phd. For the most part, I've decided to wait a year or two before pursuing for my Phd (I'm sure most people can relate as to why I'd want to do that!) I want to pursue it abroad, in either France or Germany. I have a BA in German, which would work well for Germany, and I'm currently taking private lessons in French.

Before asking about any specific programs, as I already have a few ideas for that, could I have some feedback about this decision?

In my undergrad (U of Texas at Austin) every was pushing me to go abroad for grad studies. I decided to hold off on that for financial reasons and pursue my masters at Texas State University. At my grad school, I have a German adviser who is completely against it and gets all parental and over-protective on me when I bring it up (and never gives me a reason - he avoids talking about it (!!))

I understand it's a big decision and that will effect me the rest of my life, but I'm really willing to take that risk, especially given the state of my country at this time.

Any help/advice would be much appreciated.
blue guy
Jan. 6th, 2008 @ 10:39 am interview
Current Mood: curiouscurious
I've posted the following inquiry to several communities, but I have received few responses. I thought it wouldn't hurt to try one more post, so here it is!

I am currently expecting an invitation from Indiana University to interview for acceptance to their graduate musicology program. I have never done this sort of thing... What sort of questions should I expect to hear? What kinds of questions should I ask during the interview? How can I further present myself as a qualified applicant? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Aug. 1st, 2007 @ 05:29 pm qualifying exams roll call
so, this community has been more or less dead since i've come by it....here's my dorked-out attempt to make some noise. (or else i'll abandon you all for the anthropologists)

who's prepping for exams now or in the near future? writtens? orals? what are your topics and scopes? how does this whole hoop-jumping deal work where you're at?

-your procrastinating colleague...
queer, yiddish, anarchist
Nov. 23rd, 2006 @ 01:08 pm
Happy Thanksgivings for all of you!
Here's a quote from the text written about Bach's fugue. Please comment if you find it grammatically correct or not (my English is pretty poor in this field) Read more...Collapse )
Nov. 10th, 2006 @ 04:22 pm future plans
I spent some time talking to one of the profs at school today - graduation at the end of the summer is doable, and grad school starting in September. The cost is having a very busy summer, not taking some extra undergrad courses that would have been fun, and having some deadlines a lot sooner than I thought they were, but it seems worth it.

The application deadline is Feb 1, but the chair of the grad program is pretty much saying that's the official deadline but get the application in whenever. He's very casual about things like deadlines & paperwork, which has it's good and bad points, but it worked in my favour when I wanted to change my summercourse from studies to studio (I think I'm the only student who is worried about not enough studio courses, but the fun ones were all studies), and have extra time to do the assignment. He's agreed to supervise another independent studies project for me next summer, details to be finalized later. I signed up for the graduate studies open house tomorrow, and will spend some of my lesson time asking David for advice on how to decide things like who I should ask for references & what to submit for my writing samples. I have almost no writing beyond the essays I did for musics & cultures, which is only a second year course, so I'm not sure if I should use that, the handout I did for class presentations last year, write something just for the application. (There are essays for this year's music course, but not due until after the grad school application is due - the topics haven't even been given yet.) Then I need to come up with some kind of personal statement that I'm not even sure how to start. Perhaps they'll have more information of what they're looking for at the open house, because what's on the website is pretty vague.

It's hard to believe how time flies. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was thinking about where to apply for my undergrad degree, and worrying about if I would get accepted, and now I'm so close to graduating. Also, I'm having to think of "what next?" sooner than I expected - graduation seemed so far away when I started.

What do you do with a degree that's mostly history courses? Grad school in musicology is going to happen whatever, but it would be nice if I could actually end up using it for something beyond the fun of learning lots of interesting stuff!
Oct. 20th, 2006 @ 01:25 pm
I'm looking to get into PhD musicology program in NYU, Columbia, CUNY or North-Western Uni. Question is: how easy (or how hard) it is to get the teachers job after you complete the program? Can anybody tell about her/his experience in finding musicology (music history) teacher job?

x-posted to academics_anon
Sep. 30th, 2006 @ 01:59 pm grad school skills?
Current Mood: busy

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, musichistory, applyingtograd)
god isn't dead
Aug. 19th, 2006 @ 04:28 pm introduction
Hi. I'm not a musicologist. I guess you could call me a groupie. Bet you never thought you'd hear anyone say that.

My fiance, however, is going in to his second year of a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania (which means if any of you need a place to stay at AMS '09...). His concentration is 19th century opera (especially German). His user name is musicologist. He doesn't update because he's too busy playing Nintendo reading Foucault.

I just thought I'd say hi and see who was planning on attending AMS in November. If so, are you staying at the conference hotel?

LA Folks: Restaurants? Things to do? Things with which to occupy myself during the day? (that doesn't require a car...we're renting one but I am too chicken to drive in LA). Where exactly is the hotel? Is it close to anything or in the middle of nowhere?

We're in the final stages of deciding whether or not we can actually put the money out for this trip, so do you think it's worth it for a second year to show up? Why or why not?

Thanks, and nice to meet you all.
Name: Red Hearts
Jun. 19th, 2006 @ 07:46 pm I just finished my Thesis
I know this post has little to do with academic discussion but I have been absent from the LJ because I have been typing this montrosity. I finished today at 4:48 pm and I thought "now here is a community where people can appreciate this accomplishment" (and the great sense of distress that my oral exams are fast approaching!) So there you are, I finished and I ahd to tell someone, does anyone have adivce for how to prepare for orals?