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    Music Fall 2019 applicants

  2. klavierstucke

    Music Fall 2019 applicants

    Done with all the apps! What's going on with you guys? Im excited
  3. In fact, I think GSAS would be more interested in that background than the earlier things you mention (though by all means talk about those too). I would imagine this is a unique background among those applying to grad school, so it would definitely make you a more "diverse" candidate. I would recommend not focusing too much on the little details, you will want to discuss more the bigger picture--how your experience living in a huge working-class household affected your ability to succeed, informed your decision to pursue grad school, your research interests. Don't excise all the humor from it, but be frank and direct about it, and I am sure it will come across appropriately. I just submitted my app to NYU GSAS. For my personal statement I included about one page single-spaced that just mentions a few things I thought were important. In any case, I've read everywhere the personal statement can only help you. Good luck!
  4. Thanks for the reassurance. It looks like most of the schools I applied to allowed me to upload an updated version--so I did that, but I suspect in most cases the reader will gloss over this particular error.
  5. Hello, In my statement of purpose to which I've already submitted to 9 schools I have forgot to place an "a" before a noun where it is needed. Am I doomed?
  6. klavierstucke

    Music Fall 2019 applicants

    anyone else applying to UCB musicology wanna exchange personal statements
  7. klavierstucke

    Statement of Purpose and Plaigarism

    Sorry I misunderstood the question, I did not think op was talking about plagiarization of research in a SOP, and I am not even sure how/why that could be done, but maybe there's something about history sops I don't know about. I thought op was worried about phrasing / syntax similarities with other sops. Should have read closer.
  8. klavierstucke

    Statement of Purpose and Plaigarism

    I doubt they would check for plagiarism, they've got enough work as is. Just don't be egregious and you'll be fine.
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    Music Fall 2019 applicants

  10. Is that a statement of purpose or "Personal Statement"? It sounds to me like the Research Summary is vaguely playing the role of the former and the "Statement of Purpose" sounds like a "Personal Statement". But I could be wrong. PS is distinct from SOP
  11. This is not my field, but a recommendation: I would look at the Current PhD Students page on the websites of the programs you are applying to. Often the students post where they got their previous degrees, so you can get a sense of whether students "generallĂ˝" had an MA before attending the program. I have also been annoyed by how dodgy some of these schools are on their sites regarding degree requirements, at least for musicology. They don't specifically say whether you "need" a bachelor's or masters', and its not stated bachelors cannot apply, but you look at the current students page and they all already have masters. It would seem unusual that any school would prefer the student to have an MA just for the sake of the MA. AFAIK, for more creative programs (I'm coming form a music perspective) such as music composition, english composition, fine arts, etc. MA is usually needed before the PhD. But I think this is more because they are looking for a more impressive portfolio with awards and other recognitions, that requires time of any sort after completing a bachelors--often done in an MA.
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    Music Fall 2019 applicants

  13. klavierstucke

    musicology phd placement

    Thanks for bringing this up; I've seen it before, but I just wish the table could be sorted by institution...
  14. klavierstucke

    Music Fall 2019 applicants

    Hey all. I've had a lot of free time this summer so I figured I'll start the thread for kids applying to Musicology/Composition/Theory etc. grad programs to begin in Fall 2019. Plus I'm curious to know who else is applying! I'm applying to musicology phds at the following: Northwestern, Eastman, Duke, UPenn, Stanford, Brandeis, Cornell, NYU, CUNY, UChicago, Columbia, UCB, Princeton, Yale, Harvard. May or may not narrow it down, but I've been told to cast a very wide net. My research interest is 20th century Russian/Soviet music. My earliest deadline is Eastman, on Nov. 1...only 4 months away! Let me know whats up!
  15. klavierstucke

    Crossing over: Performer wants to enter musicology

    I'm also planning to apply to Musicology PhDs for Fall 2019, so I'll share with you what I've learned so far. Just some background: I'm a rising senior that's doing a BA in Music at a liberal arts college, but I also have significant experience with performance and composition, and I hope to do a comp minor if I manage to get into one of the school that offers it. Your background as an opera singer can be a big plus for your application if you frame it right in your apps. I am also a performer and composer, and my musicology advisor has told me to emphasize my distinctions in these areas; it really helps you stand out from the big pile of musicology applicants, many of whom have relatively little experience in the 'creative' side of music. It would be particularly beneficial if your proposed research interests align with the music you studied in your masters, or perhaps even just related to opera / vocal music in general. Have you become proficient in reading one of Italian/French/German at this point thru your singing? That would also help. I've been scouring a lot of university websites and their lists of current graduate students, and it is definitely not uncommon that there are instrument majors (though mostly of bachelors) going on to PhDs in musicology. I think as long as you have a decent background in history and theory, you are as competitive as anyone else. If you want to become a music history prof, I've been told by many profs if you don't get into one of the 'top" programs, don't go. To beat the dead horse even more, yes "top" an erroneous concept, but indeed there are only a handful of schools that monopolize the job market for musicology phds. As far as I know, these schools are Yale, Princeton, UCB, Harvard, Stanford, UPenn, Cornell, NYU, UChicago, Columbia, UCB, UCLA, Indiana; to a slightly lesser extent, Duke, CUNY, Eastman, UNC, UIUC, OSU, Brandeis. I couldn't tell you which ones are more likely to accept those with a performance degree. Duke offers a performance practice MA degree that you can opt to complete as part of your musicology phd, if that is something that interests you, certainly your background as a performer will be beneficial, and worth mentioning in the SOP. UChicago and Cornell also seem particularly appreciative of blurring the boundaries between performance, composition, theory, & history. I would also guess that musicology programs housed in a School of Music (ex. Eastman) rather than in the School of Arts and Sciences (ex. Yale) would consider more significantly your performance background, but take that with a grain of salt, I'm really not sure. Good luck!

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