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Master of Music—Musicology

The Concentration in Musicology provides advanced studies in historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Graduates of this program would be qualified to pursue careers as teachers and researchers of musicology-related subjects at the college level and to pursue doctoral study in historical musicology or ethnomusicology. (See M.M. Program Outline)

The University of Tennessee’s Musicology Area encompasses both historical musicology and ethnomusicology with faculty specializations that include medieval music, world musics, popular musics, Latin American musics, film music, gender studies, and music and technoculture. Courses and seminars adopt a range of approaches, variously emphasizing historical styles, analytical techniques, theory and methodology, and social, intellectual, and cultural contexts. The fine collections of the George F. DeVine Music Library further enrich musicological studies at UT.

Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants should have completed a Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited institution with coursework equivalent to that in Bachelor’s degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  • Applicants must submit a paper demonstrating their capability to undertake graduate study and to engage in research in music.
  • An interview with members of the musicology faculty is required prior to admission.
  • It is optional for applicants to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), general. Copies of GRE scores should be sent to the office of Graduate Admissions and Records. For further information on the exam, please see the GRE website.
  • After admission, diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, and music history must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Opportunities for Additional Study

Rachel Golden guiding graduate seminar
|Rachel Golden guiding graduate seminar

Students following the M.M. Musicology concentration are encouraged to broaden their studies with coursework from allied disciplines such as history, philosophy, and anthropology, or to pursue additional certification from the College of Arts & Sciences’ interdisciplinary programs (see contacts and links below).

Funding Opportunities

There are several funding opportunities for musicology students at UT. Within the School of Music, the Graduate Assistantship in Musicology includes a stipend, tuition wavier, and medical coverage. Additionally, the School of Music employs several graders to assist instructors in undergraduate musicology classes. The Graduate School offers several other funding avenues. Materials for the Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Musicology are due at the School of Music by December 15; check the web link above for deadlines and requirements for the Grad School’s other funding options, application processes, and deadlines. We encourage all prospective students to apply for funds from as many sources as possible.

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