I've determined in the past few years that I'd really like a career change, and after doing a lot of research,I discovered urban planning. How I arrived at that decision is a long story in itself, but I'm happy to elaborate if anyone cares, or if it would help others help me. I've been looking at applying to grad school to study planning, which seems especially necessary because my academic and work experience are not related to planning at all. I've been out of school and working for 15 years. I have a master's degree in music and have been working as a professional musician (playing, teaching, arts administration and most recently as a musician in a military band). My undergraduate degree is in music business, not that that's any more useful or relevant to planning.
While I have a lot of questions about the planning field, what I'm most concerned right now is getting into a planning program. Is it even possible to get planning schools to take a chance on me? I was a good student when I was one, but that was so long ago (3.75 GPA in undergrad and 4.0 in grad school)! I did about average on standardized tests when I was applying to college, but I'm not confident that I'd perform well on the GRE since it's been so long since I've done any sort of math. I've been led to believe that my military experience could be desirable, but I don't know if I believe that. Even though I've been playing in a military band, I've still had to do many things aside from playing. We all have collateral duties, things that would typically be handled by an administrative staff of traditional musical organizations, and since I'm in the military, I've also had to do plenty of leadership training and deal with all kinds of bureaucracy in getting the job accomplished.
Can anyone give me advice on how to get into a planning program, given my unusual background?