Musicology

Division Chair - Donna Buchanan

Musicology Division Website

The Division of Musicology at the University of Illinois School of Music offers one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind. It brings together distinguished faculty and resources for the study of musical culture in all its dimensions. The division supervises Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in musicology with emphasis in music history and ethnomusicology.

While traditional values of historical scholarship are respected and creatively developed, the program also reflects the need to consider music in relation to cultural phenomena from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives. Thus, emphasis on the study of original manuscripts and other primary sources, engagement with theory and analysis, study of other areas of cultural endeavor, intensive research on the social history of institutions and patronage systems, and careful consideration of cultural values from the approaches of the societies and historical periods in question all form part of the practice and training available in the degree programs offered.

Graduate students draw topics from areas of particular strength, including 18th- to 20th-century Austro-German music and opera; creative process studies; opera production history; 18th- to 20th-century Britain; 20th century American concert music, jazz, and popular music; Sub-Saharan Africa; South America; Eastern Europe; the Middle East and Central Asia; and Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific. Additionally, the Center for World Music, an entity within the School of Music, offers all students unique access to world music as listeners and performers of diversified musical experiences, many of which are presented at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Many of our faculty members have extensive experience in musical performance and advanced training in practical musicianship. A broader cultural perspective is reflected as well in the active involvement of faculty members in related disciplines such as anthropology, social, political, and cultural history, art history, the literatures of various languages and area studies. The combination of cultural breadth with rigorous research embodied in our program and its faculty aims at scholarship and teaching of enduring value, fully engaged with the global realities of the twenty-first century.