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Musicology (MA)

The MA in Musicology is an integrated program involving music criticism, analysis and applied theory as well as cultural and historical studies.

This program is designed for students who desire a deeper interest in music research, including methodologies related to class, race, gender, economics and other social concerns.

Faculty offer students close mentoring leading to the development of skills appropriate to an academic career in musicological research.

MA in Musicology - project option

The project option replaces the thesis option with a research project of your choice. While this program’s coursework is similar to the thesis option, the flexibility of the research project supports careers in musicology-related fields, such as music/arts administration, secondary school teaching and performance, arts outreach and interdisciplinary applications combining music with other fields for work in the private sector.

Expected length Project or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will develop:

  • refined skills in music research and bibliography
  • expertise in contemporary research methodologies, including the role of race, ethnicity, gender, economics, and other social issues in the study of music and the construction of musical narratives and historical practices
  • reinforcement of musical practices and theories across a variety of genres and historical periods
  • refined writing skills, especially as pertains to writing about music
  • refined abilities in peer-assessment
  • refined abilities in close-reading, rhetorical analysis and textual criticism
  • refined presentation abilities (including public speaking and electronic presentation formats)

Find a supervisor

You do not need to specify a supervisor to apply for admission, although you should indicate why you think UVic would be an ideal place to study based on your research interests (and how they might relate to UVic faculty in musicology or related fields).

 Supervisors are assigned after admission based on availability and area of research.

Adam Con

Associate Professor Music Education, Chorus

Ajtony Csaba

Associate Professor Orchestra, Conducting

Alex Olson

Music Performance Instructor Bass

Alexander Dunn

Music Performance Instructor Guitar

Alexis Luko

Director; Full Professor Music History, Musicology

Anita Bonkowski

Sessional Lecturer Theory, Film Music, Jazz Studies

Ann Elliott-Goldschmid

Associate Professor Violin, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Anna Betuzzi

Music Performance Instructor

Anne Grimm

Music Performance Instructor Voice

Anthony Tan

Assistant Professor Composition

Arthur Rowe

Professor Piano

Benjamin Butterfield

Professor Voice, Opera, Head of Voice, Co-head of Performance

Bruce Vogt

Professor Piano, History of Keyboard Music, 19th-Century Performance Practices

Christopher Butterfield

Associate Professor Composition, Theory

Colleen Eccleston

Sessional Lecturer Songwriting, Popular Music

David Bourque

Music Performance Instructor

Eva Solar-Kinderman

Music Performance Instructor Piano

Giuseppe Pietraroia

Sessional Lecturer Orchestra, Opera (Conductor)

Harald Krebs

Professor Theory, Head of Theory Program

Jelena Milojević

Music Performance Instructor Accordion

Joanna Hood

Associate Professor Viola, String Chamber Music, Baroque Collegium

Jordan Hanson

Sessional Lecturer African Hand Drumming

Joseph Salem

Associate Professor Music History, Musicology, Theory

Katrina Russell

Music Performance Instructor Bassoon

Kinza Tyrrell

Sessional Instructor

Kirk McNally

Associate Professor Recording Techniques, Music Technology, Sound Recording

Kyron Basu

Music Performance Instructor

Maria Virginia Acuña

Assistant Teaching Professor Music History, Musicology

Mark McDonald

Music Performance Instructor Organ

May Ling Kwok

Music Performance Instructor Piano

Michael Dias

Sessional Lecturer

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni

Associate Professor Cello, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Pamela Highbaugh Aloni

Associate Professor Cello, String Chamber Music, Strings Mentoring

Patrick Boyle

Associate Professor Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Studies, Theory, Musicology, Business of Music

Paul Beauchesne

Music Performance Instructor Low Brass

Phil Albert

Sessional Instructor

Sam McNally

Music Performance Instructor

Scott MacInnes

Music Performance Instructor Trombone

Sharon Stanis

Associate Professor Violin, String Chamber Music

Steven Capaldo

Associate Professor Music Education, Wind Symphony (Conductor)

Suzanne Snizek

Associate Professor Flute, Woodwind Chamber Music, Music History

Taylor Brook

Postdoctoral Fellow Composition

W. Andrew Schloss

Professor Electronic & Computer Music, Acoustics, Ethnomusicology

Wendell Clanton

Assistant Teaching Professor Saxophone, Vocal Jazz

William Linwood

Music Performance Instructor Percussion, Percussion Ensemble

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