Welcome to Musicology at CU Boulder! 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 Ph.D. 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 (see below).
To meet our current graduate students, click here.
Musicology Department Chair
Professor of Musicology