Musicology

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Musicology welcomes students from diverse musical backgrounds and allows them to shape programs of study that reflect their individual interests and goals. In groundbreaking, unique courses that cover virtually every period, style, and genre, students learn to research, analyze, and understand many different musics: ancient and recent, classical and popular, Western and global, within culture and through a critical lens.

The major culminates in a year-long capstone project in which each student conceives and executes individual research on a specialized topic, ultimately presented as a substantial written essay or in an alternate format, such as a lecture-recital or video/audio presentation. Graduating seniors organize a public conference presenting their capstone work each spring. The major also includes a performance requirement, which can be fulfilled in a number of ways and does not require formal musical training.

Musicology Faculty

School of Music Mourns the Passing of Musicology Visionaries
Frank D’Accone and Marie Louise Martinez Göllner both passed away in 2022. Each had a pivotal role building the department of musicology at UCLA during their long tenures at UCLA, which spanned the 1970s to the 1990s.
Meet Herman Luis Chavez, Undergraduate Commencement Speaker 2022
A chance encounter with the music of Bolivian composer Atiliano Auza León changed the trajectory of Herman Luis Chavez’s life.
Oct 18 Tue
3:30pm
Free
talks
Robert M. Stevenson Lecture with Nadine Hubbs: "Country-Loving Mexican Americans: Inevitable Fandom and Dual Patriotism among Mexican American Country Music Lovers."
Country music has been strongly associated with Anglo-white Americans, but changing racial-ethnic understandings are rapidly redefining the genre. Hubb’s fieldwork with Mexican American country music lovers in California and Texas illuminates the historical and cultural perspectives by which these fans understand not that country music offers belonging, but that it belongs to, Mexican Americans, and
Lani Hall
Oct 21 Fri
5:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia, talks
Hear + Việt + Film, a Symposium on Music in Trans-Vietnamese Film
Hear + Việt + Film: a Symposium on Trans-Vietnamese Music in Film is a two-day event bringing together scholars, filmmakers, and composers for a critical reassessment of music in Vietnamese film. Featuring lecture panels, film screenings, and Q&A sessions, the event seeks to bridge transnational as well as transdisciplinary perspectives on this global medium. It

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