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Department of Musicology


The School of Music, Theatre, & Dance at the University of Michigan forms part of a major research university with strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, providing a rich environment for graduate study in historical musicology and ethnomusicology with an internationally renowned faculty. The musicology faculty at Michigan is diverse in its research practices and intellectual orientations, embracing many methods of inquiry, from source studies, archival research, musical historiography, cultural history, and ethnography, to critical theoretical studies in music and gender, identity, and race.


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The wealth of intellectual and institutional resources at Michigan encourages students to design robust yet flexible plans of study, while cultivating individual interests and opening new fields of investigation.  The many vibrant interdisciplinary centers on campus (see links below) and cross-disciplinary collaborations among faculty members invite our students to broaden and deepen their study of music through interaction with scholars in other fields. The excellent performing ensembles on campus offer invaluable opportunities to perform and listen to the repertories and musical traditions that are central to their scholarly work.

Academic Mentoring

The Department of Musicology trains its students to become tomorrow’s leading scholars and teachers in their fields of specialization, contributing to the global understanding of culture, history, and society.  Financial support and teaching fellowships are available to graduate students for a total of 10 academic terms from the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, and other sources.  The musicology faculty and the institutional and creative resources available at the University of Michigan have launched the successful careers of generations of graduates in academic departments across the country.


Established in 1948, as part of the University of Michigan's Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the musicology program developed through the 1950s under the leadership of Louise E. Cuyler and Raymond Kendall, with a faculty that included Hans T. David, H. Wiley Hitchcock, and Gordon Sutherland. In 1954, the university acquired the library of Belgian musicologist and collector Jean-August Stellfeld, whose 20,000 volumes, including rare prints, did much to provide a basis for the scholarly study of European music from the sixteenth century on.

During the 1960s, Glenn Watkins, Albert Cohen, and William P. Malm joined the musicology faculty, the latter introducing the study of ethnomusicology to the graduate program. In 1974, the musicology department merged with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance's department of music history, which in earlier years had served only undergraduate and master's students. That merger brought Richard Crawford, Judith Becker, David E. Crawford, R. John Wiley, Gwynn McPeek, and William J. Weichlein, among others, into an expanded department with students at all points on the academic spectrum. In the 1980s, James M. Borders and Louise K. Stein joined the department. During the 1990s, Joseph S. C. Lam, Lester P. Monts, Amy Stillman, and Steven M. Whiting were added, while more recently, the faculty ranks have been complemented by the addition of Christi-Anne Castro, Mark Clague, Jane Fulcher, Jason Geary, Charles Garrett, Stefano Mengozzi, and Meilu Ho.

Since the 1970s, the musicology program, as part of a major public university with a powerful music-making tradition (including a vigorous composition department), has graduated students with specialties in European music of several eras, American music of many stripes, and performance traditions from various parts of the world.

Related Academic Centers

American Music Institute

Center for AfroAmerican  and African Studies

Center for Chinese Studies

Center for European Studies

Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Center for World Performance Studies

Institute for the Humanities

Institute for Research on Women and Gender

International Institute

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Program in American Culture



Associated Faculty

Amy Stillman (American Cultures)

Susan Walton (gamelan)


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U-M Orchestra to Perform New Critical Editions of Gershwin Masterpieces

The University Symphony Orchestra will perform two George Gershwin masterpieces-"An American in Paris" (1928) and "Concerto in F" (1925)-in new critical editions that reveal, for the first time in decades, the composer's original intent for the works. more

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The 2016-17 academic year brings a celebrated group of artists and pedagogues to the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance as the School's newest faculty members.   more

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Friday, October 28 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

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Sep. 22, Nov. 10
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab
Free - no tickets required to observe

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"We teach music as a vital, living art form in its many cultural and historical dimensions."
Louise K. Stein, Professor of Musicology

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