Innovative
Music Scholars

UCLA’s Department of Musicology is one of the most successful graduate programs in American musicology. Recent alumni of the department teach at the University of Michigan, UT Austin, UC Irvine, Michigan State, Dalhousie University, Bates College, and other schools across the nation and the world. Our intellectual community is strikingly diverse, with U.S. graduate students from all regions of the country, international students from Canada, Mexico, Holland, Bermuda, Guatemala and Korea, and visiting scholars from as far away as China and the Ukraine.

As a training-ground for the next generation of adventurous, inventive music scholars, our Ph.D. program develops students’ creative and critical voices in a wide variety of chosen subfields; provides them with rich opportunities for establishing intellectual and professional networks; and gives them pedagogical training and experience second to none. Our graduate seminars explore topics and theories from musical Nationalism to the history of improvisation, musical camp to Dufay, opéra-comique to hands-on explorations of “public musicology.” Current graduate research interests include (but are by no means limited to!) David Bowie, Soviet music theory pedagogy, early modern anglophone devotional poetry and song, proto-punk musical experimentalism, music as cultural diplomacy during the Pan American era, 17th- and 18th-century operatic adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, music in marginal cinemas (horror, slasher, etc.).

The UCLA Musicology department normally enrolls 4-5 students per year. We accept applications for the Ph.D. only (an M.A. is normally awarded to eligible students after two years). The department is committed to competitive multi-year packages of support, and at the present time can usually guarantee a minimum of one year of fellowship and three plus years of teaching assistantship to incoming students. Students normally graduate 5-6 years after matriculation.

Student Perspectives:<br />
Caitlin Vaughn Carlos
Student Perspectives:
Caitlin Vaughn Carlos

“I’ve always been interested in how people use music of the past – the historical past and their own personal past. At UCLA I got to study nostalgia and uses of the past in rock music of the early 70s, allowing me to think about music that I’ve heard my entire life (for example, “American Pie” or “Led Zeppelin IV”) in a completely new way.” Caitlin Vaughn Carlos Ph.D. ’21 | Musicology

Meet Our Musicology Graduate Students

James Ace
Musicology – Research Focus: 19th century American musical entertainment in resonance with contemporary cultural and scientific formations of race, sex, and gender
Kerry Brunson
Musicology – Research Focus: American orchestras, musical hierarchies, and the cultural and political aspects of musical communities
Caitlin Carlos
Lecturer in Musicology
Sarah Davachi
Musicology – Research Focus: Influence of musical instruments on the creation and reception of music
Wade Dean
Musicology – Research Focus: The interplay between Black vernacular music, popular and socio-political culture
Erin Fitzpatrick
Musicology – Research Focus: Materiality and performance practice in post-1980 punk, indie and art rock
Alex Hallenbeck
Musicology – Research Focus: Ontological issues in American popular music
Candace Hansen
Musicology Graduate Student
Kristen Martinez
Musicology – Research Focus: Northern Arizona punk scene in Flagstaff in the 1980's and 1990's
Danielle Stein
Musicology – Research Focus: Development of weaponized music and sonic environments over the 20th and 21st centuries

Meet Our Musicology Faculty

Joy Calico
Professor and Vice Chair of Musicology, Director of Graduate Studies
Nina Eidsheim
Professor of Musicology and Humanities Founder and Director of UCLA PEER Lab
Cesar Favila
Assistant Professor
Robert Fink
Chair of Music Industry Program, Professor of Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Thomas Hodgson
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Music and Data, Global Music Industry)
Mark Kligman
Professor of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Humanities; Mickey Katz Chair of Jewish Music; Director of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Raymond Knapp
Chair of Musicology, Distinguished Professor of Musicology and Humanities, Director of UCLA Center of Musical Humanities (CMH)
David MacFadyen
PROFESSOR OF MUSICOLOGY, MUSIC INDUSTRY, AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
Tiffany Naiman
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Music Industry; Instructor, Music Industry & Musicology (Critical Perspectives, Capstone Sequence, History of Popular Music)
Catherine Provenzano
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Critical and Contemporary Perspectives on Music Technology)
Holley Replogle-Wong
Lecturer in Musicology, Program Director of CMH
Jessica Schwartz
Associate Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Punk and DIY)
Elizabeth Randell Upton
Associate Professor of Musicology and Humanities
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Graduate Opportunities

Distinguished Lecture Series
Ciro Zoppo Research Fellowship
Apr 19 Fri
3:00pm
Free
classical, lectures-symposia, talks
Encounters with Schoenberg and Stein: A Symposium
This year is Arnold Schoenberg’s 150th birthday, and the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna is coordinating and promoting events worldwide to mark the occasion. This half-day symposium is dedicated to new directions in Schoenberg scholarship that will consist of two sessions, divided by a coffee break, and followed by a reception. One session will showcase
Lani Hall
Apr 29 Mon
5:15pm
Free
talks
Distinguished Lecture Series with Teresita Lozano
Specters of Survival and Persecution: Ghost Smuggling Ballads, Hauntology, and the Undocumented Migrant Experience Many ghost stories utilize themes of apparitions and haunting to elicit terror, warning listeners to abide by moral codes. However, since 2007, a phenomenon of Mexican corrido (ballad) composition, which I define as ghost smuggling ballads, shares a collective ghost story
Ostin 110A

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Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
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BA
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
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A leadership-focused professional degree which prepares students to transform the creative, entrepreneurial, and executive structures of the music industry
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Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music