I’ve decided to go for it. So far I’m going to apply to three programs here in the states.
New York University – PhD Ethnomusicology
~ The cool thing about this degree is that NYU has an Irish-American studies degree as well. So, I’ll be focusing on Irish-American folk music for this degree. This is the place that I want to go the most. I’m just really excited about the program, the opportunities. It’s one of the few places in the country where I could get a degree focusing on Irish-American folk music.
University of Memphis – PhD Musicology – Southern Regional Studies
~ I applied here for my masters and got in but they didn’t offer to pay for anything. That will have to change if they want me to come for a PhD. I’m not planning on paying for any more degrees. The Southern Regional Studies part would allow me to focus on American folk music. (Can you see the trend?)
Duke University – PhD Musicology
~Duke is somewhere I have wanted to go for a long time. Theyr program fits what I want to do the least, but, it’s an amazing program. They do have faculty there who have focused on American vertacular music from the Civil War period and I would love to study that with them.
So, my overall theme is to study American folk music in some form or another. I’m still looking for more schools, but, this is a start.