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

Joy Calico
Professor and Vice Chair of Musicology, Director of Graduate Studies
Nick DePinna
Adjunct Assistant Professor--Musicianship
Nina Eidsheim
Professor of Musicology and Humanities Founder and Director of UCLA PEER Lab
Cesar Favila
Associate 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 for 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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