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

  • Recent graduate awarded a Fulbright!

    Zachary Milliman was awarded a research Fulbright to study Hungarian-language opera in Budapest. This project stems from work he undertook with Dr. Bettie Jo Basinger. He received his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Utah, studying with Dr. Robert Breault. When he returns from Hungary, he will be entering the doctoral program in Musicology at McGill University.

  • New publications from Dr. Catherine Mayes...

    She had an article published in Music & Letters and a book chapter published in the Oxford Handbook of Topic Theory; both are publications of Oxford University Press. She was invited to contribute two articles to the Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

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