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4 Master of Art Programs in Musicology

An MA is a path of study open to graduate students. This degree helps to prepare students for specialized careers within the field of their choice by providing valuable knowledge and experience. 

What is an MA in Musicology? This degree can vary a great deal from school to school, but the focus is always on the academic study of music. There are many different approaches to the study of music, which means that students of these programs can be exposed to a number of different methodologies of the course of their studies. As a field within the humanities, these programs often include coursework that focuses on the intersection between history, anthropology, mathematics and music.

One key benefit to studying music from an academic standpoint is that it affords students a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the various genres of music. Music is more complex than many people realize, and graduates of these programs can often enjoy music on an entirely new level than they ever could before their studies. 

Every MA in Musicology program will involve different costs. Tuition in particular is highly variable, as are registration fees. Contact individual schools directly for more information.

As a result of the fact that musicology is a very open-ended field, encompassing human history and psychology as well as the philosophy and acoustics of music, this degree can translate into any number of rewarding and fascinating careers. Graduates who wish to pursue the academic study of music further can become professional musicologists, conducting their own research and producing academic writing within the field. Students can also opt to become musicians themselves, or to teach music.

If musicology sounds like the right path of study for you, the first step toward enrolling in a program is to find the ideal school to meet your needs. You can use our searchable listing of programs to get a sense for the different MA in Musicology programs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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4 Results in Musicology

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater to those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate d ... [+]

The Music MA is a flexible programme designed to cater for those with a wide range of interests and specialisms. It is conceived as a 'next step' after the undergraduate degree, either as a stepping stone to research, as a qualification for teaching in the FE sector or simply to satisfy a thirst for development. There are 10 specialist pathways that you can choose from across musicology, composition and performance; each includes a range of core and optional taught modules and you will complete the course with a dissertation, recital or composition portfolio.

Pathways

Music MA: Electroacoustic composition/sonic art pathway

The Electroacoustic Composition/Sonic Art pathway invites you to help map out the next steps in Birmingham’s thirty-year history as a world leader in the area of electroacoustic music composition and presentation. A solid grounding in the field, its aesthetics and traditions are augmented by instruction in the latest techniques and technology. You will also have the opportunity to work with BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre), our acclaimed 100-channel sound diffusion system.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
September 2020
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Online
Utrecht University

The program Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully with ... [+]

PREPARATION IN THE CURRENT/ FUTURE MUSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Through its focus on musical infrastructure, Utrecht University's Master's program Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry. The program utilizes reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, through which you will learn to apply academic musicological skills to the day-to-day challenges in a musical life.

EXPERIENCE FROM THE PROFESSIONAL FIELD

Our Master's program in Applied Musicology was designed in direct dialogue with top institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum builds on knowledge and skills gained through Bachelor's program in Musicology, with emphasis on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht Middelburg
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Full-time
Part-time
1 year
Campus
Utrecht University

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music ... [+]

STUDYING MUSIC IN DEPTH

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music.

WESTERN MUSIC FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT; MUSIC AND MEDIA

The Musicology program at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present, the impact of media on the reception and conceptualisation of music, and digital musicology. Interdisciplinary work is central to the program, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Computational Humanities, as well as Game Research, the focus area Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights, and the strategic theme Institutions. This program aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years. Read more about the teaching and research environment, including our teaching staff.... [-]

Netherlands Utrecht Middelburg
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Full-time
2 years
Campus
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music programme at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent work under the guidance of the Ictus and SPECTRA contemp ... [+]

Contemporary Music

Those choosing the Advanced Master in Contemporary Music program at the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent work under the guidance of the Ictus and SPECTRA contemporary music ensembles, on projects with an emphatic focus on recently composed music. Students specialize in contemporary music, as soloists or members of an ensemble. They play an active role in creating new works by both young and established composers.

Workshops and lectures bring students in contact with international experts, as well as exchanging ideas with others of the same generation: composers, choreographers, theatre-makers and visual artists.

Under the banner of the Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble or G.A.M.E., you and your fellow advanced graduate students give concerts within and beyond the walls of the Conservatory. Personal initiatives are also assured a podium. Students complete the study with a concert and a written thesis.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus