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Grad schools for clarinet/good AI positions

lostinthemusiclostinthemusic 85 replies8 threads Junior Member
Hey guys,

I'm an undergraduate clarinetist at the IU school of music, although my degree is actually a BSoF (essentially a 4-year double major) between clarinet performance and arts administration.

I'm at the point where I need to start deciding what to do after this degree, and I'm pretty sure I want to continue to focus on performance. I've been something of a technical late-bloomer, and it took me a loooong time to build my foundation and start to see real progress. I'm probably not going to get into Juilliard or somewhere like that, but I think I'd be competitive at some of the upper mid-range music schools and definitely the flagship-state-university types.

While I've been at IU, I've developed kind of a knack for musicology... my early music history class was taught by Peter Burkholder, and I LOVED it. I've had A or A+ in all my music history and theory classes, and my early music history paper won a departmental award.

Researching and writing come really naturally to me, and my clarinet professor is encouraging me to look into grad schools that can provide me with opportunities for both clarinet and musicology (with the goal eventually being teaching both in the clarinet and theory/history departments of a smaller college).

I've found Yale and NEC very appealing because their music schools (for performance/ed) and musicology programs are both very high-quality and hand-in-hand (I am NOT interested in a university that has only one or the other). I've also had a really great lesson with the professor at Roosevelt in Chicago, but I have no clue if they even have a musicology program. I realize it's suicide to try and do a double masters, so I was thinking I should stick with clarinet while I'm still young and learning fast. Is there somewhere I could do a performance masters but be an AI for musicology? At IU, only musicology grad students get to be musicology AIs, although anyone can apply to be a theory AI. Suggestions, anyone?

Thanks so much!
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