The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at Boston University is a place of intellectual ferment and collegiality. Musicology and ethnomusicology are closely integrated, and the members of the faculty are multi-disciplined and have published widely in their fields of interest. 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. We foster a supportive and cooperative environment for all our students. Our faculty and students are frequent presenters at regional, national, and international conferences, and are active participants in professional organizations. Our list of alumni includes scholars and teachers as well as graduates who have gone on to a range of other professional careers.
The Department is a constituent body both of the School of Music and of the Graduate School of Arts and 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. The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology comprises ten full-time faculty members and (as of 2014-15) twenty-two graduate students.