Musicology

Focus on the scholarly study of music in historical contexts and on musical traditions as sociocultural artifact, behavior, and performance.

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A degree in Musicology

Welcome to Musicology in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music. The ASU School of Music offers a broad range of studies leading to the BA degree in music, the MA in musicology and ethnomusicology, and the PhD in musicology. We focus on the scholarly study of music in historical contexts and on musical traditions as sociocultural artifact, behavior, and performance.

Our students engage in multisensory learning experiences to explore forms and genres, performance practices, instruments, spaces, philosophies, identities, musical infrastructures, and geographic locations.

The faculty comprises leading scholars pursuing a wide range of interests in Western and non-Western music, particularly traditions in the Americas and Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, USSR), Medieval music cultures, the long nineteenth century, jazz, music in popular cultures, musical modernism and experimentalism, improvisation, sound studies, ecomusicology, dance and embodiment, and music’s role in wellbeing. On our faculty are Sabine Feisst, Kay Norton, Catherine Saucier, Peter Schmelz, Theodore Solis, Christopher Wells and faculty associates Bliss Little and Adrianna Martinez Figueroa.

The musicology area also provides a variety of performance experiences through ensembles, including Latin Marimba and Indonesian Gamelan groups. We invite you to explore these opportunities.