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Music History


Study the history of Western classical art music, from early Medieval and Renaissance through the 21st century.

Music History

Program Description

The rich history of music is a vital part of study at the Scheidt School. We offer a Bachelor of Music degree in music history, combining practical study of music with academic courses in music history, music theory, and the liberal arts, and Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in musicology for the most advanced students. Our focus is mostly historical, with a strong element of early-music performance and an active Collegium Musicum exploring early and under-served repertories, but courses in world music and local traditions are also offered. All courses in the area are open to all music majors, and students in the music history and musicology programs may participate in applied lessons and ensembles upon audition.  

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Master of Music
  • PhD

To be admitted, students must complete an application for the University of Memphis at-large, a SECOND application to the School of Music, and an audition.

Audition requirements vary by degree (BM, MM, DMA) and by instrument. Consult the Audition Requirements page for more information, and if you are unsure about anything, don't hesitate to contact musicadmissions@memphis.edu.

Essay Requirement

Compose and upload a personal essay outlining your musical background and your interest in music history.

  • Essays must be typed with a word count between 750–1000 words.
  • Put your name, date, and essay title at the top of your essay.