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University of Miami
B.A. in Music, School of Music
M.M. in Musicology, School of Music

Type of Program and Degrees Offered

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at the Frost School of Music is ideal for talented students who wish to acquire a thorough knowledge of music history and theory and advanced competence in musical performance, while also pursuing a broad education in the liberal arts. A minor outside the Frost School of Music is required. Curriculum flexibility affords students the opportunity for a variety of pre-professional studies, including premedical and pre-legal.

Students seeking the degree of Master of Music in Musicology enjoy a balanced curriculum of study in music literature and analysis, ethnomusicology, critical theory, and research methods, along with opportunities to develop skills in music performance, composition, and pedagogy.

Program Focus

The Department of Musicology places emphasis on musics from around the globe, paying particular attention to the sounds of the Americas (including the Caribbean) and Europe. Our research and teaching explore how making, distributing, and experiencing music reflect and shape individual and group identities and values. Located at the crossroads of the Americas, Miami is an ideal setting for research on these and a vast array of other topics.

Full-Time Faculty in Musicology

David Ake (Ph.D. UCLA). Professor.

Melvin L. Butler (Ph.D. New York University). Associate Professor

Marysol Quevedo (Ph.D. Indiana University). Assistant Professor

Frederick Reece (Ph.D. Harvard University). Lecturer

Anne Searcy (Ph.D. Harvard University). Assistant Professor

Brent Swanson (Ph.D. University of Maryland). Lecturer

Emeritus Faculty

Frank Cooper, Research Professor Emeritus

Deborah Schwartz-Kates (Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin). Professor Emeritus

General Program Statement

Faculty and students of the Department of Musicology in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami advance the interdisciplinary study of music by examining how, when, where, and why people create, experience, and understand music. Coursework in the program is designed to enable students to acquire in-depth knowledge of music history and culture and to develop students’ abilities to write and talk effectively about relevant issues within musicology and related disciplines. Reflecting Miami’s geographical location and cultural identities, the department’s strengths include music of the Americas, the interplay of local and global musical sounds and repertories, and interdisciplinary approaches to musicological research.

The master’s program aims to equip students to become leading researchers and teachers in a variety of academic and/or public sector settings. Graduate students work closely with the Frost School’s renowned faculty of musicologists and ethnomusicologists, exploring the rich variety of music history and culture.

Special Resources

The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library at the University of Miami Frost School of Music is a state-of-the-art facility with computer workstations, networked printers, copying equipment, listening stations, study carrels, instructional facilities, casual areas, and a collection that grows by more than 2300 items per year. We are fortunate that the librarians are able to acquire almost anything faculty and students need for their teaching and research. The music library alone holds over 26,000 books, 54,000 recordings, 76,000 scores, and 130 journal and periodical subscriptions. The main library on campus holds an additional two million volumes.

Some highlights of the Special Collections include the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive (a comprehensive collection of materials relating to American Music theater and popular music), the Aldemaro Romero Collection, containing the original scores of the iconic Venezuelan composer, the David Ewen Collection (the library and papers of the prolific writer and editor noted for his research into U. S. musical theater and popular music), the Ramon S. Sabat (PANART) Collection (the papers and recordings by the Cuban musician and sound engineer who founded one of the first Latin American recording companies), and the Cuban Heritage Collection, comprising a vast collection of rare books, periodicals, maps, posters, photographs, manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, prints, broadsides, sound recordings and other materials documenting Cuba, the Cuban exile experience, and the culture and literature of the Cuban diaspora.

Program Website

Our program overview, course offerings, and degree requirements may be examined in further detail via the Musicology Department website: https://musicology.frost.miami.edu/about/index.html

Financial Support

Successful applicants may be eligible to receive teaching assistantships, which provide tuition remission, an annual stipend, and valuable experience as researchers, guest lecturers, and graders

Further Information

Contact Department of Musicology Chair, david.ake@miami.edu

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