Historical Musicology at UB provides an immersive environment for students to explore the many avenues open in musical scholarship today. Training for graduate students is rigorous and demanding, specifically crafted to the needs of each scholar. As befits the pioneering history of the department, this field of study is perfect for students with an interest in developing unique approaches to music that simultaneously engage with, and contribute to, the field of musicology.
Undergraduate students interested in Music History are encouraged to pursue a BA in Music and adopt Music History as their advisement track.
Students in Historical Musicology encounter a wide variety of course options led by diverse, energetic faculty. We specialize in several major periods of Western music history, as well as the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Areas of interest also encompass: film music, Country music, the Second Viennese School, criticism, philosophy, aesthetics and popular music studies.
One of UB's greatest resources, and fundamental to all of our
degree tracks, is the UB Music
Library, conveniently located on-site in the music building. In
addition to a solid core compilation of materials, the collection is particularly rich in
contemporary music, reflecting the strengths of UB's Department of
The music history faculty is comprised of distinguished scholars and musicians who are committed to preparing UB students for careers in musical scholarship. The department's low student-teacher ratio ensures that students receive a high degree of individual instruction and supervision.