What is Musicology?

Musicology studies the history, cultural contexts, and interpretation of music, and in recent decades has expanded its coverage to extend beyond European art-music to other traditions and regions. The Department of Musicology at UCLA has long been the recognized leader in the study of popular music, in studying music in relation to power and difference, and approaching traditional repertories and musical practices in innovative ways. The National Research Council ranks UCLA Musicology as the number one program in the country.

Musicology offers undergraduates a Major and a Minor, with courses ranging across European and American music, including specialized courses in EDM, Motown, blues, medievalism, musicals, rock, punk, film music, sound studies, and performance studies, and studying music in relation to politics, gender, and postcolonialism. Musicology is also the home of UCLA’s Early Music Ensemble, serving the larger UCLA community and offering several public concerts each year.

Musicology Faculty

Joy H. Calico
Professor and Chair of Musicology, Director of Graduate Studies
Kat De Nicola
Assistant to the Chair - Department of Musicology and Global Jazz Studies Program
Nick DePinna
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Musicianship
Nina Eidsheim
Professor of Musicology, Founder and Director of UCLA PEER Lab
Cesar Favila
Associate Professor - Musicology, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Robert Fink
Associate Dean for Academics, Professor - Music Industry, Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Thomas Hodgson
Assistant Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Music and Data, Global Music Industry)
Jenny Olivia Johnson
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor - Musicology
Mark Kligman
Mickey Katz Chair of Jewish Music and Professor - Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Humanities, Director of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Raymond Knapp
Distinguished Professor - Musicology and Humanities, Director of UCLA Center for Musical Humanities
David MacFadyen
Professor and Chair of Music Industry, Professor - Musicology and Comparative Literature
Mitchell Morris
Professor Emeritus - Musicology
Tiffany Naiman
Instructor - Music Industry & Musicology (Critical Perspectives, Capstone Sequence, History of Popular Music), Director of Undergraduate Programs in Music Industry
Catherine Provenzano
Assistant Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Critical and Contemporary Perspectives on Music Technology)
Holley Replogle-Wong
Lecturer in Musicology, Program Director of CMH
Jessica Schwartz
Associate Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Punk and DIY)
Elizabeth Randell Upton
Associate Professor - Musicology and Humanities
What is Music's Value? A Conversation with Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor, professor of ethnomusicology and musicology at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, has always been curious about how we assess the value of music. The author of over 50 articles and a shelf of books, Taylor has explored music and capitalism, global pop, western music in the world, and more. His new
The Art of Sound: Jasmine Bailey's Pursuit of Immersive Musical Experiences
Songwriter, performer, producer Jasmine Bailey has a vision for her art form, a world of immersive soundscapes and multisensory communal experiences that bring artists and audiences closer together. 
Stornoway Releases a New Single
When Musicology professor Thomas Hodgson isn’t founding new peer-reviewed journals devoted to exploring music and data (yes, that’s right), he’s recording with his band Stornoway. And they have just released a new single. Stream the single now. We are delighted to be able to release an absolutely stunning new arrangement of our most recent single
Ray Knapp Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
Ray Knapp, distinguished professor of musicology and humanities, has won the UCLA Faculty Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2023-24. Knapp is one of six faculty selected by the award committee from a large field of extraordinary nominees across the university. “Ray Knapp’s thirty-five year record of teaching excellence has been a defining constant in our
Ashley Dao Wins Campus-Wide Leadership Award
Musicology major Ashley Dao is one of three undergraduates who has won the student leadership award from the UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She is the first student from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to receive the award. But her biggest moment may have been born of failure. “We were coming
How AI and Musicians Collaborate, a Ted Talk with Judith Finell
Music creation is one of the most distinguishing features of humanity. So what does it mean that AI has entered the picture? Judith Finell, lecturer in music industry at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers a fresh perspective on how human creativity and artificial intelligence charts new territory in music composition.

Explore Degrees

Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a BA and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
A leadership-focused professional degree which prepares students to transform the creative, entrepreneurial, and executive structures of the music industry
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music