About Us

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Mission Statement

Faculty and students of the Department of Musicology (MCY) in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami advance the interdisciplinary study of music by examining how, when, where, and why people create, experience, and understand music. Coursework in the program is designed to enable students to acquire in-depth knowledge of music history and culture and to develop students’ abilities to write and talk effectively about relevant issues within musicology and related disciplines.  

The Department’s renowned faculty of scholars and educators address musics from around the globe, paying particular attention to the sounds of the Caribbean, the Americas, and Western Europe. Collectively, their research and teaching explores how making, distributing, and experiencing music reflect and shape individual and group identities and values.  Located at the crossroads of the Americas, Miami is the perfect setting for research on these and a vast array of other topics.

Our Master's program is highly selective, and we pride ourselves on providing individualized attention and mentoring for each student. The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, a beautiful facility with an excellent collection, is committed to supporting research at all levels. A number of Special Collections across the University complement the library’s holdings and provide unique opportunities for student research.

Each Friday our department hosts Graduate Musicology Forum, a gathering of our scholarly community. Here we provide a supportive environment in which students and faculty can present their work, hear lectures by distinguished visiting scholars, and share practical insights on the profession. In addition, many of our students also choose to enhance their academic experiences by engaging in performance opportunities in the Frost School. We also encourage our students to venture beyond campus, to explore Miami’s vibrant music cultures. Many of our graduates enter doctoral programs of distinction and feel well-prepared for that experience after receiving their training at the Frost School of Music.