Master of Music in Musicology (M.M.)

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Students seeking the M.M. in Musicology at the Frost School of Music enjoy a balanced curriculum of study in music literature and analysis, critical theory, and research methods, along with opportunities to develop skills in music performance, composition, and pedagogy.    

Our stellar faculty and extensive library resources help students fulfill their current musical and academic goals while preparing for doctoral study. Musicology majors interact and collaborate with others in a variety of musical disciplines, gaining insight into the role their own specialization plays in a thriving musical environment.

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Master of Music in Musicology

Students seeking the M.M. in Musicology at the Frost School of Music enjoy a balanced curriculum of study in music literature and analysis, critical theory, and research methods, along with opportunities to develop skills in music performance, composition, and pedagogy.

Our stellar faculty and extensive library resources help students fulfill their current musical and academic goals while preparing for doctoral study. Musicology majors interact and collaborate with others in a variety of musical disciplines, gaining insight into the role their own specialization plays in a thriving musical environment.

What Kinds of Classes Will I Take in Musicology?

One of the things that musicology students enjoy most about the program is the diversity of courses available to them. A variety of classes are available to MM in musicology students including the following:

  • Music in the United States
  • Music, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Operatic Literature
  • Art Song Literature
  • History and Literature of the Wind Band
  • Miami's Musical Heritage
  • Music of Argentina and Brazil
  • Seminar in Latin American Music Collections
  • Musicology Pedagogy

All MM students must also take a music bibliography course, complete a language proficiency, and successfully defend a thesis.

What Does the Thesis Project Entail?

The thesis project extends through your last year in the program. You’ll work closely with a faculty advisor who has experience in your intended area of research. This advisor may also be able to provide you with valuable connections that enhance the scope of your fieldwork or readings that are relevant to your work. The thesis is an exciting opportunity to apply what you’ve learned throughout your program to an original project. Many master’s students who continue on to PhD programs take their passion for research with them. It’s not unheard of for a thesis topic will transform into a lifelong area of interest.

What is the Mission Statement of the Musicology Department?

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 musicology and to develop students' abilities to write and talk effectively about relevant issues within musicology and related disciplines.

Who Teaches Musicology at the Frost School of Music?

David Ake, Melvin L. Butler, Brent Lee Swanson, Marysol Quevedo, Frederick Reece, and Anne Searcy teach in the musicology department at the Frost School. These faculty are devoted to teaching and have decades of experience both conducting their own research as well as teaching graduate students. Master’s students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty advisors in courses and during the thesis process. The Frost Method continues to shine at the master’s level, emphasizing experiential education and peer learning in small groups.

Are Assistantships Available to Musicology Graduate Students?

Assistantships are available to musicology graduate students. Typically, graduate assistants teach classes in return for a tuition waiver and stipend. The number of available assistantships depends on the year and the number of students enrolled.

What Kind of Bachelor’s Degree Do I Need?

You will not be required to attain a bachelor’s degree in musicology before applying to the master’s program. This being said, you will need to have a basic proficiency in music, and a bachelor’s degree in another music-related field helps you build this.

What Kinds of Writing Skills Will I Need in This Program?

As a musicologist, you will be writing and publishing. It’s important that you become an excellent writer as this element will always remain part of your career. Critical thinking is an essential part of any writing endeavor and is also one of the places in which writing and research overlap. A sense of genuine curiosity and the desire to learn are both traits that can help anyone become a great writer. Sharing your writing with classmates and giving and receiving feedback is one of the best ways to improve your writing skills. If you’re thinking about applying to a musicology program, make sure that you have several mentors and peers look over the written materials you’re submitting. Showcasing your strong writing skills is one of the ways to make your application stand out from the rest.

What Do I Need to Know Before I Apply?

The musicology application process requires several different types of materials: a basic application and application fee, official transcripts, GRE scores, writing sample, and resume. These requirements are standard for master’s-level programs in nearly any discipline. You may also be asked to visit the school for a campus interview. This part of the process helps the faculty get to know you as a musician and researcher.

As a part of your application, you will also be required to submit three official letters of recommendation. These letters are provided from your recommenders to the school confidentially. Many applicants ask former professors, mentors, or other people who have music-related experience. You’ll want to ask people who know you well and have a sense of how you will do in the program. If you are an international applicant, you will also need to submit your TOEFL exam scores to the Frost School.

The office of graduate admissions is happy to answer any questions you have about the requirements or application process.

Can I Visit the School Before I Apply?

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the school in-person to learn more about the musicology program and see the campus for themselves. Arranging a visit through the admissions office allows prospective applicants to meet current students and faculty members as well as sit in on a class session and walk through the campus. Choosing a master of music in musicology program is a big decision, so it’s important to gather as much information as you can.