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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. 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!
  4. Over the past decade or so, the concept of melody seems to have changed from what it was for Rock or Big Band melodies. There are songs being written with the traditional concept of melody and I have provided some examples below. However, the most prominent interpretation of melody is what I’m calling contemporary melody. In the past melodies were an important component of the marketability of the song. However, today melodies seem more like an afterthought. As I will demonstrate in this paper, it is possible to statistically measure the difference in variation between traditional and contemporary melodies. Moreover, traditional melodies exhibit a larger range of pitch whereas the contemporary melodies are confined to a narrow set of notes The notes in a good melody have a direction up or down. Overall the notes may have many up and down movements. However, they don’t just randomly jump around or on the other hand remain in a very narrow range. Here are a set of guidelines for a traditional melody: A good melody has movement. A good melody is familiar – yet unexpected. A good melody has a center. A good melody repeats itself. A good melody has form. A good melody creates and resolves tension. A good melody has repetition and structure. Finally, the best melodies combine both the familiar with elements of surprise. This melody written for Lady Gaga is a good example of a traditional melody. As you can see in the first verse the melody builds on a theme. This excerpt from the lyrics expresses the theme: The melody for the verses reinforces the theme in the lyrics. Contemporary melody by and large ignores the guidelines that I described for traditional melody. Instead contemporary melodies move up and down by every single note for much of the song. Every so often the melody will include a high note to emphasize a particular point. These melodies are not very much different than rap. A good example of this type of melody is Love You Like a Love Song performed by Selena Gomez. This song is a different type of love song, as you can see from this sample of the lyrics of the first verse: It's been said and done Every beautiful thought's been already sung And I guess right now here's another one So your melody will play on and on, with the best of 'em You are beautiful, like a dream come alive, incredible A sinful, miracle, lyrical You've saved my life again\ The difference is that whereas the melody for Bad Romance reinforces the lyrics, the melody for Love You Like a Love Song is fairly monotonic. If what I have just described about the difference between contemporary melodies and traditional melodies is true, the variation of the pitch in contemporary melodies will be significantly less than the variation of traditional melodies. There is a way to demonstrate this statistically. We can compute what is known as the coefficient of variation. This in turn requires us to compute the average pitch and the pitch variance. While these terms are meaningless musically they do provide a useful way to demonstrate my hypothesis. The average pitch is the sum of all the note pitches divided by the number of notes. To calculate the variance, subtract the average pitch from each individual pitch and square the result. The coefficient of variation is the variance divided by the average pitch. It’s not correct simply to use the variance because, for example, the variance of the same song at a higher pitch would be higher than the variance of the lower pitch. However, the coefficient of variation would be the same. Admittedly this is a small sample. As you can see from Figure 1, the average coefficient of variation for traditional songs is significantly higher than the coefficient of variation for contemporary songs. The statistics of each of these songs reflects the principles that I have discussed for melody.
  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. Hello grad cafè hive mind! I’m an opera singer about to complete my MM in vocal performance. Being back in school he made me remember how much I love music history, and I want to pursue a career as a professor of music history/musicologist. I applied to pretty much just reach schools for Fall 2018 and was rejected from all, offered a Masters program at 2, which I could not finding for that year. While I’ve already learned much from the experience, I’d like to reach out and see if anyone else has had a similar background. How do I spin my performance experience into a strength? What programs would be most likely to accept a performance based musician into their program? Thank you in advance for your insight!
  7. Hi Everyone! Are there any music folks out there? I took a glance at some of the discussions and there are not many that concentrate on the music field. Not going to lie, I am a bit more nervous with these grad applications than I was with my undergrad. I received a bachelor of music education from a well respected private university and have been teaching for a few years. My end goal is to obtain a PhD in Musicology and teach at the collegiate level. I would love to hear of others stories as we wait this thing out. Schools in which I applied:Arizona State MA in Musicology, Ucla MA Musicology on a PhD track, U of Oregon MA in Musicology, MM in Musicology from Texas Tech.
  8. Hello all, I am a M.A. student in musicology. I will apply to Individual PhD's in Europe (particularly Germany) for Fall semester 2018, but I couldn't find an answer on the internet for one particular question. My PhD project focuses on computer music and posthumanism. So, I am looking for a supervisor in both musicology and philosophy fields. I wonder if I find a supervisor in the philosophy department, would I face an obstacle when I am registering to the university. It would be a nonconsecutive PhD and I thought maybe they'll want a diploma in the same field. I want to know what is the standart expectation of the universities and learn if this change in the field is possible. Thank you very much.
  9. 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!
  10. I semi-finalized the list of schools to apply for musicology phd programs based on the interests of their faculty matching mine, but would like to know from those "in the know" if the programs I chose would potentially be suspicious of my age. I'm 34 - spent the last ten years playing and teaching music - and now I want to finally go for the final degree. I know my age can look unambitious, compared to those applying at age 22. I was told by one professor it depends on the program. So if any of you are already in these programs, I would be grateful if you shared your comments and observations! University of North Texas at Denton ethno NYU ethno Columbia historical music or music theory CUNY ethno University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign musicology Northwestern musicology Duke ethno U of Chicago ethno U Pittsburgh ethno In particular, what is the age range of phd students in your program? Thanks in advance for taking time. It's greatly appreciated.
  11. 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
  12. Hi everyone, I'm new to this website. I have a couple of questions I was hoping one of the musicology MA/PhD students could help me with. I've graduated in 2010 from a pretty strong comprehensive music/piano performance program and I've been working since, but seeing how many more people are applying for graduate schools than I have anticipated, I decided to give it a shot myself. I'm looking for an MA in musicology, and I'm particularly interested in the study of Jewish sacred music and its historical development. I'm residing in Ontario, Canada, and the only university that I know specializes in this area is York. I'm willing to move to the States if a. I can locate a program that at least one professor who specializes in Jewish music and b. the university offers a decent stipend and scholarships. I'm willing to "settle" for early Christian or Byzantine liturgy studies, but the former is definitely my primary choice. Can anybody throw out a name that will help my research? And here's a side question: As someone working in a modest-salaried, yet very enjoyable job, should I go out of my way to pursue graduate education? My ultimate aim is to teach at a music college or private institution.
  13. Hey hey, Any musicologists out there? What are your opinions of Indiana's musicology program and perhaps how it compares to the program at BU? I'm planning to specialize in medieval music. If you have any insight or advice, I would really, really appreciate it!
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