Musicology & Ethnomusicology

Dedicated to interdisciplinary, disciplinary, historical, translational, analytical, and cross-cultural thinking, the faculty in the Department consists of a cohort of six musicologists and four ethnomusicologists, and houses research centers in Early Music and Beethoven studies. We are a vibrant, active, diverse, supportive, and inclusive Department, dedicated to a shared purpose and a field without walls between scholarship and performance. Faculty expertise runs the gamut from the Middle Ages to popular music, from Indonesia to Japan, Africa, and the Americas, 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 presenters at regional, national, and international conferences, and are active participants in professional organizations. We warmly invite you to contact us with questions: For doctoral students, we offer up to 5 years of full funding  (post-BA or post-MA), and a customizable curriculum.

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music
    with concentration in Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Musicology
    with specializations in Musicology or Ethnomusicology
  • PhD in Musicology
    with specializations in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Musicology and Ethnomusicology

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.

Recent Lectures and Residencies

Faculty Members

  • Marié Abe

    Associate Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

  • Michael Birenbaum Quintero

    Associate Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

  • Victor Coelho

    Professor of Music; Chair, Musicology & Ethnomusicology; Director, Center for Early Music Studies

  • Brita Heimarck

    Associate Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

  • Miki Kaneda

    Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

  • 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)

  • Rachana Vajjhala

    Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology & Ethnomusicology

  • Jeremy Yudkin

    Professor of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


  • HC Robbins Landon,
    American musicologist, journalist, historian and broadcaster (deceased)
  • Bonnie Wade,
    Professor, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ellen Koskoff,
    Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music
  • Rebecca Anne Baltzer,
    Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin
  • Thomas Christensen,
    Professor, Chair – Department of Music, University of Chicago
  • John Joseph Daverio,
    Professor, Boston University (deceased)
  • Mark Sumner Harvey,
    Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Nelly Maude Case,
    Professor, SUNY Potsdam
  • Richard Marc Friedman,
    Film Composer
  • Matthew John Ruggiero,
    Faculty, Boston University (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Anne Seitz,
    Faculty, Boston Conservatory
  • Simon Keefe,
    Professor, The University of Sheffield (UK)
  • James Andrew Davis,
    Professor, Chair of Musicology, SUNY Fredonia
  • Eftychia Papanikolaou,
    Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University
  • Jonathan Hiam,
    Curator, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts