The PhD degree in historical musicology prepares students for careers in musical research, writing, and university teaching. Through seminars and lectures, students in musicology explore the breadth of music including topics in Western art music, popular music, performance practices, criticism, jazz and film, theory and musical analysis, and music of the world.
Students often read papers at national and international conferences and symposia, and run a musicology forum that brings the field’s top scholars to campus for guest lectures. Students take courses in arts and letters outside of music and participate in the outstanding performance ensembles at Thornton including the renowned early music ensemble, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia.
The Musicology Department invites applicants for the 2014-15 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.