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    Welcome to the Musicology Department!

Welcome to Musicology at the University of Colorado! We  offer courses in the history of Western music in all historical periods; ethnomusicology, including courses in African, Japanese, Latin American, American Indian, and Euro-American musics; and in special topics such as aesthetics, music and ritual, progressive rock, history of opera, and world music theories.

We offer a PhD program and encourage candidates with a bachelor’s degree to apply directly to this doctoral degree. Our graduate students work individually on upper-level studies with the faculty, whose specializations encompass a wide breadth of Western music and geographical and topical subfields of ethnomusicology. Graduate students develop individual projects, attend seminars, and participate in regular colloquia with the entire faculty and leading researchers in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory.
The BA and BM in Musicology degrees prepare students for graduate study in historical musicology and ethnomusicology, or for positions in music writing, broadcasting, public sector ethnomusicology, and teaching.

The College of Music also offers a variety of world music ensembles for students to participate in.

Department Faculty

Carlo Caballero
Associate Professor of Musicology
Erma Mantey Faculty Fellow
Jay Keister
Co-Director, Japanese Traditional Music Ensemble
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Rebecca Maloy
Professor of Musicology
Austin Okigbo
Director, World Vocal Ensemble
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
Thomas Riis
Director, American Music Research Center
Professor of Musicology
Joseph Negler Endowed Chair in Music
Brenda M. Romero
Chair, Musicology
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Laurie Sampsel
Professor of Musicology
Robert Shay
Dean, College of Music
Professor of Musicology
Jeremy Smith
Professor of Musicology

Benjamin R. Teitelbaum
Assistant Professor

Mike Barnett
Instructor, Musicology
Alexandra Eddy
Lecturer, Musicology