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