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Musicology Degree Plans

The Musicology degree programs at Baylor University enable students to take advantage of both the professional applied music setting within the School of Music and the interdisciplinary, humanistic environment of a major research university.  The Musicology program focuses on helping students refine their skills in critical thinking, research, and writing, encouraging application of a broad range of approaches and methodologies.

Special strengths of Musicology at Baylor include our excellent teaching faculty, our small class sizes, and the personal attention our students receive both in and out of class. The faculty includes specialists in all eras of western music history; these professors also have expertise in Ethnomusicology, Opera Studies, Beethoven Studies, Latin American Music, and Performance Practice.

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Master of Music in Musicology

The M.M. in Musicology from the Baylor University School of Music offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the manifold traditions, styles and cultural contexts through which music has and continues to define itself.

Students choosing the M.M. in Musicology will conduct research under faculty mentors who are engaged in scholarly discourse on national and international levels. Classes in research methods and current issues in musicology and ethnomusicology are supplemented by seminars open to musicologists, music theorists, composers, and performers.

Graduates with degrees in Musicology from Baylor have gone on to doctoral study at other prestigious institutions and have become Music History professors themselves. Others have become arts administrators, music editors, and educators in outreach programs of opera companies.

Graduate Assistantships are offered in the Musicology Area. Please contact Jann Cosart for more information.

Master of Music in Musicology Objectives:
  • To provide students with the tools for gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information;
  • To develop, through courses in musicology and music history, an understanding of the musical styles of different periods and geographic areas;
  • To provide opportunities to use research procedures through oral presentations, seminars, papers, and a culminating thesis;
  • To provide continued opportunity for performance through private study and participation in appropriate ensembles.

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