Historical Musicology

Students in Historical Musicology at the University at Buffalo will encounter a wide variety of course options offered by a diverse, energetic faculty. Specialties cover several major periods of Western music history, including medieval and Renaissance music, as well as the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Areas of interest also encompass: film music, Country Music, the Second Viennese School, criticism, philosophy, aesthetics, and popular music studies. The department provides a good environment for exploring and pursuing the many avenues open within music scholarship today, and affords a strong foundation for numerous career paths in music. One of UB's greatest resources, and fundamental to all of our degree programs (including the highly successful joint M.A./M.L.S.) is the Music Library, conveniently located on site in the music building. In addition to a strong core collection of materials, the collection is particularly rich in contemporary music, reflecting the strengths of UB's Department of Music. The strong contemporary music presence and theory faculty at UB also ensures a lively, interdisciplinary community of composers, performers, and scholars.


Degree Programs

The Department offers two graduate degrees in musicology: the Ph.D. in Music Theory and Historical Musicology (students may specialize in either area), and a Master of Arts in Musicology. There are several options for fellowships, teaching assistantships and graduate awards available to the prospective graduate student.

M.A. in Music History
Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and Music Theory

Undergraduate students interested in Music History can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and adopt Music History as their advisement track. More info can be found here.



James Currie
, Historical Musicology Unit Coordinator

Ph.D. Columbia University
Associate Professor

Enlightenment, Nineteenth Century Music
Modernism and the Second Viennese School

Stephanie Vander Wel

Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles
Assistant Professor

American Music, Country Music
Gender and Music

Mark Durrand
Adjunct Instructor