Introduction to Music Scholarship
Introduction to history of different fields of music scholarship (with strong focus on musicology) and to selected debates in those fields. Practical tools for research, logic and structure of arguments, evidence, critical thinking and critique, historiography, rhetoric and voice, and archival and ethnographic research. Introduction to practical written forms such as abstract, grant proposal, paper/book proposal, and review.
Introduction to issues surrounding music as social, cultural, and historical practice, with strong emphasis on critical, cultural, and social theory. May include introduction to social theory, materialist theories of culture, postcolonialism, critical theory, or overview of cultural theory or of group of theories selected by instructor, including feminism, performance studies, sociology, historiography, urban studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, gender, race, and sexuality studies, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies, disability studies, and so on. Introduction to set body of theory in its relation to study of music.
Exploration of selected philosophical, aesthetic, and/or analytical perspectives on music to gain insight into selected analytical and philosophical approaches to phenomenon of music and to acquire skills in analyzing and interpreting variety of repertoires.
Coverage of analytical topics that vary from year to year.
Coverage of theoretical topics that vary from year to year.
Coverage of historical topics that vary from year to year.

Elective Courses

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See course details in the UCLA Course Catalog
Students may select additional elective courses from other departments and programs within the school of music.
Repertory and Analysis
Exploration of defined repertory through readings and analysis. Specific topics vary. 
Exploration of topics in musicology through variety of approaches that may include historical, theoretical, or analytical approaches to subjects within musicology.
Exploration of methodologies and conceptual frameworks for mapping sonic urban geography of Los Angeles in 1940s. In-depth critical discussion of current theories of music and space and of most recently developed methodologies for undertaking ethnographic or anthropological study of sound, including recording and mapping soundscapes.
Investigation of primary source readings in performance practices across history of Western music; analytical reports and practical applications in class demonstrations.
Examination of influence of music industry on way music is created, performed, listened to, evaluated, and used today. Historical approach taken, beginning with music published in 18th century and continuing through development of audio recordings to MTV and popular music today. 
Workshop series designed to prepare graduate musicology students to teach Western musical canon at undergraduate level.
Advanced study and analysis of current topics in musicology. Discussion of current research and literature in research specialty of faculty member teaching course.
Development of advanced knowledge and bibliographic control in three historically separate areas of musicological specialization

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