Historical Musicology

Closeup of piano.

James R. Currie from the Series: Musical Meaning and Interpretation, Indiana Press, 2012


Loretta Lynn.

Stephanie VanderWel's article "The Singing Voice in Country Music," was included featured in the Oxford Handbook in Country Music, Oxford University Press.

Painting by William Michael Harnett.

Derek R. Strykowski's article “The Business of Composition: Measuring Economic Relationships at Breitkopf & Härtel, 1798–1838,” is forthcoming in the June 2018 issue of Notes.

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.  

Degree Options

Graduate: MA in Music History, PhD in Historical Musicology and Music Theory

Undergraduate students interested in Music History are encouraged to pursue a BA in Music and adopt Music History as their advisement track. 

Historical Musicology Highlights

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 Music.

Our Faculty

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.