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  1. Hello, everyone! Just wanted to start this page for those applying to any type of graduate program in music (MA, MM, PhD, or DMA) for the upcoming application cycle.
  2. Hi everyone! I'm a rising senior at a pretty prestigious LAC, and am planning on applying to about ten PhD programs in music theory this fall. I'm pursuing a BM in Music Education/Piano Performance and a BA in Psychology, and my main area of interest for research is music cognition. Grade-wise, I have a 4.0 GPA for each of my majors and a 3.99 GPA overall. I took an independent study last fall with a music theory professor where I wrote two short (~20 page) papers to serve as writing samples for graduate school, and I'm currently in the process of writing my senior honors thesis which I hope can also be a writing sample (but only for the programs that allow you to submit an entire thesis). My GRE scores are 160V, 150Q, and 4.5AW (not great, I know, but I'm hoping my GPA carries more weight than these scores). I now have my entire thesis committee finalized, so I'm hoping that my advisor and readers will all agree to write letters of recommendation for me. Here is my current list of schools: Eastman, Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, CUNY, Chicago, Michigan, WUSTL Can anyone give me any feedback on what my odds are of getting in at least one of these programs? I know that I'm applying to all fully-funded PhD programs, but I've had to pay for undergrad completely out of pocket with no scholarships (and no real financial aid at all, besides loans), so it's really important that grad school does not cost any additional money (I'm still up to my neck in loans for undergrad). Thanks in advance!
  3. Just wanted to start a thread dedicated to Music Tech applicants. I have applied to 4 unis. McGill, CMU, Georgia Tech and UPF Barcelona. Got rejected by CMU and accepted at Georgia Tech. Waiting on McGill and UPF to announce their results now.
  4. I’m looking at several top music theory PhD programs (Eastman, Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern...just to name a few) and was wondering how heavily GRE scores are weighed for applicants. My current scores are 160V, 150Q, and 4.5A, so my quant score is low, but I’ve heard that humanities programs generally only care about verbal and writing scores. I’ve considered retaking it to boost my quant score, but I’m not sure if it’s worth the time and money. Additionally, I have a 3.99 GPA at my undergrad institution, so I’m wondering if this might be able to offset my lower quant score. Any insights would be greatly appreciated!
  5. Hello all looking for fellow people who are applying for musicology graduate programs. Just wondering how everyone's interviews and acceptances or going. The last thread I found on this subject was a few years ago. I've applied to 6 programs and have received 2 interviews. Waiting for the rest. If you would like to talk about programs or have advise, I would love to hear it!
  6. Hi. (Apologies, this is a little lengthy) So, I'm a sophomore at Boston College double majoring in Math and Music. I am having a really hard time deciding whether or not I really should keep the math major. The math classes here at BC are really hard and even though I pass, it's always by the skin of my teeth (C range). Such has been the sake for my science classes too. I am a really bad test taker; I have really bad testing anxiety such that I'm paralyzed with stress beforehand and the stress makes me sick because it compromises my immune system. I have extended time but it doesn't matter that much in the grand scheme of things. I also think that I am just not absorbing everything fast enough in time for the exams, which isn't surprising considering the amount of information I need to know for the rest of my classes. It's like putting a ton of water into one sink with a drain; the water can only drain out soo fast. So too is it the case with my absorption of knowledge I just don't have enough time. TRIGGER WARNING I have a history of anxiety and suicidal depression that almost forced me to drop out first semester freshman year but I was able to make it through but I'm still only keeping it at bay at this point. Yes, I see a therapist. Every Wednesday. I currently take 5 classes (2 math (a 200 course and 400 course), 1 chem, 1 philosophy, 1 music) and 1 lab for a total of 16 credits this semester (I don't know if thats normal; several of my friends at other schools only take 4 per semester and thats normal) and they are all sucking the life out of me because they are all an impossible amount of work to deal with together. The math and science especially have really hurt my GPA over the last two years; I currently have a 2.698 GPA and I don't foresee it getting any better after this semester, considering this has been my hardest semester in terms of content. I originally had intentions of getting a Ph.D in math because I really wanted to teach and do research, but now, given my difficulties, I'm starting to wonder if that's at all possible. I have music as a backup option and I could just drop math down to a minor, but I'm nervous about closing the door completely on the idea of grad school for math. But also, I could arguably go to grad school for music too, but I'd need to back off the math so that my GPA could raise. I totally think I'm capable of getting a Ph.D in math if I weren't devoting all the rest of my energy into soo many other commitments and classes. I've done really well in my music classes here at BC and would love it if I could teach (again, at the college level) and I sing in a choir that not only gets to travel to Europe every year, but that also performs with the Boston Pops Orchestra every year; I've done things with music I never could have imagined doing before and it makes me happy. So I have several questions: If I drop my math major to a minor, what do grad school prospects look like if I decide I want to get my doctorate in math one day? If I decided to keep the math major with music and assuming my GPA stays in roughly the same range, what are my chances of still getting into a good grad school with a degree from BC (Not looking for Ivy League level or even the tier beneath like BC; just something that's still got a good program for math)? If I keep math but decide I don't want to get a graduate math degree, what are my chances of getting into a decent school for music, again, assuming that my GPA stays roughly the same given the difficulty of math? What the heck can I even do right after college with a music degree and a minor in math?
  7. Hey y'all! I am fortunate enough to be choosing between Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Conservatory for a Masters in Music for Composition. I'm just wondering if anyone who has been to either has any anecdotal advice. This is an incredibly difficult decision, so any help is appreciated!
  8. Hi, I have received three acceptances: 1. MM in Music Technology at NYU with no financial aid or scholarship 2. MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Rochester with a 25% tuition fees waiver 3. MS in Music Technology at Georgia Tech with no funding or scholarship I am having a hard time trying to decide which school to choose. Could someone share their opinion and offer some advice on my situation. Thanks!
  9. "Stay up on that rise Stay up on that rise and never come down Stay up on that rise Stay up on that rise and never come down Mama said don't give up, it's a little complicated All tied up, no more love and I'd hate to see you waiting They say it's all been done but they haven't seen the best of me So I got one more run and it's gonna be a sight to see.." -High Hopes by Panic! at the Disco. Which song is helping you brave the waiting period? ?
  10. Hi Everyone, I'm looking at Music Technology programs for Fall of 2017. I am finishing my BA in Music Education and I'm a little paranoid about if I have good odds of getting accepted without having a background in music technology. Im really good with computers and have taken one tech class in undergraduate, but some schools are asking for portfolios and while I do have material to turn in I don't know if it seems very impressive. Any suggestions from someone already in a program or someone also looking at one with what I should do to make myself look more applicable to a graduate school? -Thanks
  11. This may be a long shot, but is anyone in here in a program focusing on film music composition, theory, and/or production? What are the courses like and what are you hoping to do with the degree? How did you get started on a portfolio/what material did you submit upon entrance to a program like this?
  12. I am considering pursuing a DMA program for music composition and I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to find a school where the faculty’s aesthetic lines up with yours and where you see you’re future career being I am interested in in music that is a bit more centered around minimalism and ambient styles, I’m not concerned with super edgy avant-garde. Some of my favorite composers are John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, Claude Debussy, Ben Johnson, etc i compose a good deal of chamber music but particularly choral and sacred music and electoacoustic music (I’ll mention my background is in music technology as well as composition) I’ve read that the program at Yale might be up my alley, anyone else have any suggestions?? thanks!!
  13. This is precisely what the title suggests. Invite everyone planning to apply for a master's course in the field of Music to share concerns, updates here. And I request everyone already enrolled in such programmes to help us out. @Musicologist I am personally confused between Musicology and Ethnomusicology and want to find out more about Music therapy as a programme. Any disussion around it is much appreciated!
  14. All music fields and degrees welcome! There was a great thread for this last year and I wanted to get one started for this year (there is one already but it is targeted towards MA only). Applications in? Heard anything yet? I just submitted my last application yesterday (music theory) and have already been rejected by two schools.
  15. Hello guys. I did not know that this amazing website existed. If I knew, my application process would have been much easier. Anyway, I finished my undergrad at UIUC and my major was electrical engineering. I applied for the grad schools that have music or audio engineering programs which are based more on engineering stuffs. So the schools that I applied were Stanford, McGill, University of Rochester, University of Miami and UIUC etc... My reserach professors told me that University of Rochester has a good audio and music engineering program based on engineering stuffs. So, University of Rochester was one of my dream grad schools, but lots of friends recently suggested me to stay at UIUC because UIUC has better reputation in terms of an engineering school even though it does not have the audio engineering program. So, I would be glad if I get any advice from you especially who studied or is studying such program as your master's degree. What would you do if I were in my position?
  16. Hello friends!I'm a student in SAE institute of music production, and I'm finishing my dissertation. I’m doing a research about music emotionslooking into the emotional power of music, and I really need feedbacks from a great sample of people! Would you like to help me?It doesn’t take long: in 20 minutes you should be fine. And is not difficult at all! Just listen to some musical pattern and tick on the words that you think better describe them.Here there are 4 versions of the same questionnaire, you can choose to do all of them or even just one. Pick one of them:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZCT7HZH https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/58WXNG6 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/58Q5GPC https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/58WB7K2 I really hope you are going to find the time to do it! Those results are going to help me build a new instrument based on the emotional impact of what is going to be played. It doesn't sound so good yet, but thanks to you it's going to get better! The results can lead to a better understanding of this mysterious aspect of music, Thank you however for your time and attention,Kind regards,Nicolas Barzanfor any feedback, please contact me at 17924uk@saeinstitute.edu
  17. Is anyone willing to critique my SOP for MM Wind Conducting? I'd really appreciate it!
  18. Hello all! I am writing to ask if any of you either stumbled across an answer in your own research or know of something at your university. I am looking for a program that would effectively allow me to work (well, aspire to work) in an interdisciplinary philosophy of music space. My interests and abilities are diverse, and that is making me hesitant to apply to either "plain old" philosophy programs, where work in music would likely be very minor -- I only really know of Columbia having much discussion, and even then not much, or musicology programs, in which there is less focus on rigorous philosophical investigations/tends more towards cultural studies. My interests are fairly parallel to those of Adorno, although I find myself more the deconstructionist than the Marxist in analysis. If you have any recommendations for programs to investigate or for universities that allow for interdisciplinary work in music and philosophy, I would be very appreciative. s.
  19. We are in the planning stages of launching Damn Good Selection (DGS), a new online magazine covering music found on the bewildering music streaming catalogues available. The music selection on the latest streaming services is vast, and it can be overwhelming to find new music. DGS will offer concise articles tracking the latest additions, classic gems, and some of our authors favourite playlists. All our content will be found through a modern website, conveniently categorised so you can find the appropriate content for your chosen music streaming platform and your favourite genres. We are looking for music journalists who would be interested in contributing to our new magazine. Even if you just write as a hobby, this magazine is about the views of true music lovers, so we want to hear from you! To start with our magazine will focus on the following genres with a view to expand in the future: Electronic Jazz Pop/RnB Global Rap/HipHop The magazine will launch as a not-for-profit, and therefore we will be unable to pay for any articles you write. However we are well aware that our authors will be our strongest asset, and will credit all of your work and provide the appropriate links so that you get appreciation for your work. As the magazine reader base expands we will explore introducing unobtrusive advertising so that we can start paying our contributors. We feel this is an exciting opportunity for upcoming music journalists to showcase their work on a professional online magazine based firmly on the future of music consumption. Feel free to ask any questions you have, either on this forum or via email: damngoodselection@gmail.com We look forward to hearing from you!
  20. Afternoon, I'm Chel, and the first thing I have to say is a quick confession - I'm not planning to go to grad school! Rather, I come to absorb knowledge, perhaps seek advice, and hopefully strike up a few conversations with like-minded folks. If I'm unwelcome here because of my lack of interest in formal education, feel free to direct me somewhere else. Take two. I'm Chel. I'm an independent music journalist, fresh to the industry, hoping to be published by a publication outwith my own shortly. I also have several (music) book ideas circulating my mind, although they're all quite grand-scheme projects, and I'd need advances for them to be able to afford the research and travel, which no decent publisher would give to somebody with no experience in books. My pieces focus on iconic figures in the music industry, but also on resurrecting the work of brilliant yet forgotten artists - my most recent published piece was on the band responsible for Britain's first independently-released punk LP, and a heavy influence, lyrically and stylistically, on, amongst others, Joy Division, the Manic Street Preachers, and Echo and the Bunnymen; however, time has passed them by. (The Outsiders - the LP in question is "Calling on Youth".) Er. I'm not certain where to take this post from here without shamefully plugging my work. So - over and out from Chel. If you have any interest in my work, or would like to co-author or sub-edit for an independent music website, don't hesitate to get in contact.
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