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Music History

Degrees offered in Music History are Bachelor of Music (Music History), Master of Music (Musicology), and Doctor of Philosophy (Historical Musicology, Southern Regional Studies.)

The curriculum of the Ph.D. in historical musicology is a traditionally conceived program that prepares students for historical research in music at the highest level. It incorporates a minor in a humane field outside music and culminates with a doctoral dissertation. The musicology faculty have particular strengths and interests in renaissance music (particularly renaissance Spain), eighteenth-century music (particularly in the German-speaking lands), convent music, music of nineteenth-century America, organology, and performance practice of all periods. Recent seminars have explored the Las Huelgas codex, Crist├│bal de Morales, music and daily life in eighteenth-century Vienna, music and rhetoric in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the operas of W.A. Mozart.

The Scheidt School of Music also offers a Ph.D. in musicology with a focus on Southern Regional Studies; this unique program combines historical and ethnomusicological elements and is intended for students whose interests revolve especially around the vernacular musics of the southern United States. The program is led by Grammy®-winning blues scholar David Evans. Recent dissertations have dealt with session musicians in the Memphis recording studios, blues cover songs, the Blackwell Brothers, the fiddler Melvin Wine, and the structure of rhythm and blues music.

For more information on Music History, contact Area Coordinator Kenneth Kreitner at


Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music
The University of Memphis
Music Building, Room 123
3775 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152-3160



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