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

  • Student and teaching news . . .

    Darlene Castro attended the Historical Notation Bootcamp at Yale University; with support of a University Teaching Grant, Dr. Elizabeth Craft brought composer Jeremy Howard Beck to campus in conjunction with Utah Opera’s performance of The Long Walk

  • Faculty presentations . . .

    Dr. James Gardner participated in a week-long seminar on the aesthetics of Dietrich von Hildebrand; Dr. Jane Hatter and Dr. Pamela Jones presented papers at the Rocky Mountain Scholars Conference; Dr. Hatter also presented her work at the Renaissance Society of America conference; and Dr. Elizabeth Craft co-organized a panel at the Society for American Music conference

  • Faculty publications . . .

    Dr. Catherine Mayes’s co-edited book Consuming Music: Individual, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830 was published in the Eastman Studies in Music series; and Dr. Elizabeth Craft’s op-ed “Politics Invades the Theater? It’s Always Been There” was published in the Salt Lake Tribune and reprinted in the American Musicological Society’s blog Musicology Now

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Last Updated: 8/22/18