Musicology

The Musicology Division offers a rich variety of opportunities and resources for the study of ethnomusicology and historical musicology. The division supervises the M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in musicology as well as the B.A. and B.M. degrees with emphasis in music history and ethnomusicology.

The Faculty includes specialists in the major periods of Western music history as well as music in regions around the world, including the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Within the School of Music, and in association with the Center for World Music, the Division enjoys access, as listeners and performers, to a wide range of musical experiences, many of them presented across the street at the famed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The Curriculum reflects the breadth and diversity of interests among the internationally recognized faculty, including the full range of period and area-studies surveys, topical seminars such as “Compositional Theory of the Classical Era,” “Music and Cosmology,” “Rock Studies,” “Musical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” “Semiotics of Musical Practice,” “Film Music,” and seminars on major figures such as Machaut, Beethoven, Wagner, Ives, and Miles Davis. Students are also encouraged to take relevant courses in fields such as anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, and other courses reflecting the university’s global engagement.

The Division offers its graduate students many avenues for support, including teaching assistantships in several undergraduate major and non-major courses, as well as research assistantships in which students work closely with individual faculty members on current projects. In addition, qualified students may apply for Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, and exceptional students are nominated for selective School- and University-wide fellowships.