Graduate Coursework and Research


in Musicology

Ohio State program curricula introduce graduate students to current conversations in the discipline and help them become fluent with critical research methods.

As an introduction to more specific research topics, the musicology faculty offers a graduate-level seminar each term (Music 8950). Recent musicology seminars have centered on these topics (among others):

  • Visuality in Instrumental Music
  • Existential Musicology
  • Music and Queer Desire
  • Longitudinal Studies in Popular Music
  • Women, Music and Community: Toward a More Complete History of American Music
  • Experiencing Music and Sound in Prose: A Writer’s Workshop
  • Equalizing Music

Musicology graduate students have recently focused on the following research topics (among others):

  • Punk and punk-adjacent music culture in contemporary Japan
  • Latinx music, identity and history in greater Appalachia
  • K-pop as a transnational social and cultural phenomenon, in and beyond South Korea
  • Syrian refugee integration and intercultural music-making in northern Germany
  • Queer space and soundscape in West Virginia
  • Social history and ethnography of the tama (talking drum) in Senegal
  • Music in US/Korean relations, 1941–1960
  • Music, ethnicity and violence on the Ethio-South Sudanese border
  • Online content distributors, copyright law, and the music industry
  • Experimentalism and the Fluxus legacy in 20th-century Icelandic music
  • Genre and crossover related to country music informed by gender and race
  • Motown girl groups and fan reception
  • Activist and community-engaged brass band culture in and beyond the contemporary US
  • Representations of disability in 8- and 16-bit video game soundscapes
  • Canonic European classical repertoire in anime soundtracks
  • Popular music in post-millenial romantic comedies