Musicology/Music History

The Musicology Area provides students with a diverse background in musical repertoires and research methodologies, allowing them to develop the knowledge, research tools, and communication skills necessary to flourish as skilled teachers, scholars, and musicians. From general survey of world music to courses on the intricacies of European art music and American music, the area’s broad-ranging curriculum offers both diverse and specialized learning opportunities for students.


Along with an impressive faculty of highly accomplished researchers and musicians, the program provides students regular interaction with acclaimed performers, composers, theorists, and musicologists from across the world. Our outstanding facilities, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and three stunning concert halls, serve as venues for student, faculty, and visiting artist performances.

In addition to one-on-one mentorship from faculty and guest scholars, cutting-edge research is facilitated by the outstanding collections of musicological literature housed in the school’s McKay Music Library and the Marriott Research Library. Our bachelor's and master’s students establish an area of specialization by conducting original research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in several of the most respected programs in the country.

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Of Note

  • Dr. Elizabeth Craft, who recently received her PhD from Harvard University, joined the faculty in summer 2016 . . .

    This spring she was awarded the 2016 Society for American Music Virgil Thomson Fellowship and she also presented her research at the Song, Stage, and Screen XI conference in New York, NY.

  • "Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830" . . .

    a book of essays co-edited by Dr. Catherine Mayes, will be published in March 2017 in the University of Rochester Press's Eastman Studies in Music series.

  • Dr. Cathy Clayton was elected President of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Southwest Chapter . . .

    which will hold its annual meeting at the University of Utah in April 2017, along with the Rocky Mountain Chapters of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory.

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Last Updated: 5/26/17