Musicology involves the scholarly study of music in its historical and cultural contexts. At the UBC School of Music, faculty and students in the Musicology division explore a wide range of repertory and performance practices ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. Our M.A. and Ph.D. programmes offer students advanced training leading to professional careers in teaching and scholarly research.



Graduate students enjoy a programme that balances sound historical methods with critical interpretation, and forges interdisciplinary connections to music theory, ethnomusicology, and the humanities in general. The musicology faculty’s areas of expertise range from Medieval repertories through music of the 21st century, and represent a variety of scholarly approaches and critical methods. We take pride in fostering a collegial, supportive environment, and in promoting collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

Our M.A. programme provides students with a solid foundation in music-historical research and in the methods of the discipline, while our Ph.D. programme offers advanced, professional training that fosters effective teaching and original scholarship. We offer a curriculum with excellent historical breadth and depth, including a wide range of advanced seminars. Scholarship and fellowship support are available on a competitive basis. Graduates of our musicology programmes have gone on to successful careers in leading national and international institutions.

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  • Oral and Written Traditions in Medieval Music
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Orlando di Lasso and His Time
  • Claudio Monteverdi
  • Heinrich Schütz and His Time
  • Music and Religious Cultures in Baroque Germany
  • Music, Senses, and the Body in the Enlightenment
  • Topics in 18th-Century Music: Between Score and Performance
  • Music and Gesture
  • Opera and Politics
  • Verdi's Operas: Issues and Contexts
  • Women in Music
  • Evocations of the Past in Early Modernism
  • Music at Darmstadt, 1950-1970
  • Genre and Popular Music
  • Soundscapes



“Gesture and Sympathy in the 1969 BBC Production of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes

“Musical Borrowing in Renaissance Florence: Carnival Songs and Contrafacture”

“Joan La Barbara's Early Explorations of the Voice”

“Politics and Foreign Influences in the Development of Spanish Court Theatrical Music with a Study of the Music of Sebastian Duron (1660-1716)”

“Genre and Parody in the Music of the Beatles”

“Rimsky-Korsakov's Antar Symphony: A Biographical and Analytical Study”

“Revising Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Jewish Composers: A Case Study Comparison of Ignaz Brüll and Salomon Jadassohn”

“Cape Breton Fiddling: Preservation, Transformation, and Narrative”


“Music in Nature, Nature in Music: Sounding the Environment in Contemporary Composition”

“Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s David et Jonathas: French Jesuit Theater and the Tragédie en Musique

“'Music as a Delight of God and Men': Absolutism, Genre, and Instrumental Music in Seventeenth-Century Salzburg”

“The First Movements of Bruckner's Third, Sixth and Seventh Symphonies: A Moment-by-Moment Approach to Form”

“Riddled Constructs: A Study of Musical Humour in Chabrier's Comic Operas”

“Music and Poetry in Mallarmé and Debussy”

“Polystylism in the Works of Alfred Schnittke”

“Opera, or the Doing of Women: The Dramatic Works of Ingeborg von Bronsart (1840-1913)”




Banner image: The Artist and his Family by Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609–1662) via Wikimedia Commons