Musicology & Ethnomusicology

The Department of Musicology & Ethnomusicology offers a lively atmosphere of intellectual ferment and collegiality. Members of the faculty are multidisciplined and have published widely in their fields. Their expertise runs the gamut from the Middle Ages to rock music, from Indonesia to Japan to Africa, and from manuscript studies to oral traditions. Students are encouraged to search new vistas of inquiry and stretch themselves intellectually in a supportive and cooperative environment. Our faculty and students are frequent co-presenters at regional, national, and international conferences, and are active participants in professional organizations. We warmly invite you to contact us with questions: arts@bu.edu.


Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in Musicology
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Music
  • Master of Music (MM) in Musicology
  • PhD in Historical Musicology
  • PhD in Ethnomusicology
  • PhD in Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology (double concentration)
  • PhD in Musicology and Music Theory (double concentration)

Unique Opportunities

The department is a constituent body both of the School of Music and of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and therefore has links to a large performing school as well as to a wide range of other academic departments. In addition, BU is a member of the Boston Consortium, a group of universities where students can cross-register for courses. Our events include a regular Musicology and Ethnomusicology Lecture Series, lectures and residencies organized by the Center for Early Music Studies and the Beethoven Center for Research, an annual student conference, and many social and scholarly meetings organized both by the department and by the Graduate Music Society, a student organization.


Faculty Members

  • Victor Coelho | Professor of Music and Chair, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Marié Abe | Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Michael Birenbaum Quintero | Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Brita Heimarck | Associate Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Miki Kaneda | Lecturer, Musicology
  • Joshua Rifkin | Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Andrew Shenton | Associate Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology; James R. Houghton Scholar of Sacred Music (joint appointment at the School of Theology)
  • Jacquelyn Sholes | Lecturer, Musicology
  • Jeremy Yudkin | Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Notable Alumni