Bachelor of Music | Musicology

The Bachelor of Music in Musicology offers students a broad cultural education, which unites academic and musical training. It provides the sound preparation required for graduate study in research and teaching of music history or ethnomusicology.


This major offers comprehensive course work in the history of western and non-western music. The BM in Musicology requires completion of the common requirements for all Bachelor of Music degrees including general education courses and the BM Music Core. In addition, students follow the Musicology Core in addition to elective courses chosen in accordance with an adviser for a total of at least 130 credit hours. In order to be considered for acceptance into the BM in Musicology, students must pass an audition for acceptance into an applied study program.

Learn more about Musicology at Illinois.

For more information about degree requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.


1. Complete an audition.
2. Submit a Writing Sample: Submit a writing sample, preferably on the topic of music that best represents your writing ability. This writing sample should be no less than 3 pages in length (3-5 pages is typical). All writing samples should be uploaded to our dropbox (click link for deadlines). 
3. Submit a Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a personal statement that tells our faculty about your musical and academic background, how you became interested in musicology, what you hope to learn, and your career goals. The personal statement should be 1-2 pages in length. All writing samples should be submitted to our dropbox (click link for deadlines).