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What young people should keep in mind when deciding to do a PhD in Musicology

What young people should keep in mind when deciding to do a PhD in Musicology

Durrell Bowman wrote to the American Musicological Society List the following:

"It looks like we’re heading for about 60 viable tenure-track positions this year. Based on what I know from previous years, about 65 candidates apply for a typical state-college-type job.  So, let’s assume that 65 is close to the average number of applicants, and let’s also assume that each person applies to 20% of the positions. That suggests 325 people applying for 60 jobs, and 265 people thus not getting positions this year.  Based on DDM and other information, our field must have produced around 130 new Ph.D.s per year for the past forty years, so, cumulatively, there could be more than 1500 Ph.D.s in our field (between, say, 35 and 75 years of age) who have never had tenure-track positions."

This is something to keep in mind when you need to decided whether to study musicology or anything else. It is hard, and in some places like Israel, it is almost impossible. I am very happy that I did my studies in Music. Yet, I admit that it is quite a shame that I am not really doing anything with it during most of the day.

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