The PhD degree in historical musicology prepares students for careers in musical research, writing, and university teaching. Through seminars and lectures, musicology students explore the breadth of music ranging from topics in Western art music, popular music, performance practices, criticism, jazz and film, theory and musical analysis, and music of the world.

Students are provided the opportunity to present papers at national and international conferences and symposia, and run a musicology forum that attracts top scholars in the field. Students may take courses in the arts and letters and participate in performance ensembles at Thornton, including the renowned early music ensemble, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia.

The Musicology Department invites applicants for the 2015-16 academic year to the PhD program. Applicants will be considered for USC’s Provost Fellowship, which provides four years of funding (two with full fellowship, two with teaching assistantships), with full tuition remission, health insurance, and an annual stipend currently set at $30,000. Additional funding opportunities are also available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Musicology Department chair well before the December 1st deadline for further information.

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Joanna Demers’ essay appears in Headphone Commute

November 14, 2013


Musicology Chair Joanna Demers’ essay, “Tim Hecker and Revisited Tragedy,” recently appeared in Headphone Commute, a periodical devoted to electronica. In addition to electronic musician and sound artist Tim Hecker’s latest album, Virgins, the essay also addresses tragic art. Demers is the author of two books, Listening Through the Noise: the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford University Press, October […]

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