The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music offers a full range of academic and performance opportunities for aspiring historians, allowing students to study music in an environment where scholarship and performance interact. Musicology students will benefit from the faculty’s strengths in both 20th century and Early Music. The program also benefits from close links to many on-campus partners, including USC’s Early Modern Studies Institute, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
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.