The Musicology faculty offer courses in the history and literature of Western music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary eras; ethnomusicology, including world music surveys and area courses in African, Japanese, Latin American, American Indian, and Euro-American musics; as well as special topics, including aesthetics, music and ritual, progressive rock, world music theories, and others. Library research and optional honors thesis work are also available.
Students work individually on upper-level studies with the faculty, whose specialties encompass a wide breadth of historical eras of Western music and geographical and topical subfields of ethnomusicology. Musicology offers a graduate program at the doctoral level, and encourages candidates with a bachelor’s degree to apply for the doctoral degree. 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.