Musicology

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

A degree in Musicology

Welcome to Musicology in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music. We offer a broad range of studies leading to the BA degree in music, the BA in music and culture, the MA in musicology, the MA in 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.

Faculty members include Sabine Feisst, Dave Fossum, Kay Norton, Catherine Saucier, Peter Schmelz, Ted Solis, Christi Jay Wells, and faculty associates Bliss Little and Glen Hicks. Their geographical specialties range from the Americas and Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, USSR) to the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America. Faculty also specialize in Medieval music cultures, the long nineteenth century, jazz, music in popular cultures, musical modernism and experimentalism, intellectual property law, cultural policy, pedagogy, improvisation, sound studies, ecomusicology, dance and embodiment, and music’s role in wellbeing.

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.

Musicology - Undergraduate degrees

The BA in music with a concentration in music and culture is a broadly based liberal-arts degree...

Location:
Tempe
undergrad

Musicology - Graduate degrees

The MA program in music with a concentration in ethnomusicology helps students develop skills in...

Location:
Tempe
graduate

In the MA program in music, faculty members provide and participate in multisensory learning...

Location:
Tempe
graduate

The PhD program in music with a concentration in musicology focuses on the scholarly study of...

Location:
Tempe
graduate

Minor

music minor
Music (Minor)

The music minor is designed for students who are interested in a broad introduction to the study...

Location:
Tempe, Online
undergrad