Historical Musicology

Historical musicology studentsGraduate Study

Musicology at The Ohio State University offers post-baccalaureate and post-master’s doctoral degrees and a terminal master’s degree (see Graduate Degrees and Programs). One of its two programmatic tracks is historical musicology.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive and thorough training in the history, historiography, criticism, and analysis of Western music, and in musicological theory and methods, through diverse courses and research projects. Students of historical musicology also gain a foundation in ethnomusicology and are encouraged to supplement their musicological studies with courses in other departments and programs, representing disciplines such as music theory, art history, classics, comparative studies, dance, history, philosophy, theater, and various languages and literatures.

The faculty’s expertise covers the full range of Western music history. Specialized research interests of the faculty include plainchant; the history of music theory; Guillaume Dufay and the early Renaissance; French Baroque music; the Second Viennese School; Bela Bartók; music in international diplomacy; mediation and globalization; Gustav Mahler; the history and reception of opera; the history of music in America; and jazz, rock ’n’ roll, and popular music.

The faculty’s methodological approaches include textual criticism, paleographical and notational analysis, archival research, style study, text-music relations, film theory and media studies, and cultural studies. Broader thematic orientations include politics and cultural policy, institutional history, philosophy, aesthetics, music and meaning, modernism and postmodernism, and popular and art cultures.

School and university funding opportunities include graduate teaching associateships, graduate administrative associateships, and fellowships and research grants offered by the Graduate School and the university’s regional study centers.