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The PhD program in music with a concentration in musicology focuses on the scholarly study of music in historical contexts and on musical traditions as sociocultural artifact as well as on behavior and performance.
Students explore and engage in multisensory learning experiences concerning forms and genres, performance practices, instruments, spaces, philosophies, musical infrastructures and geographic locations.
Coursework includes specialized study in musicology, support studies with scholars and artists in the School of Music, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and opportunities for transdisciplinary study with faculty in schools and institutes across ASU. A plan of study is designed by the student with the faculty to support an individualized research trajectory. Research conducted by students in the doctoral program in musicology aims to examine and interrogate the discipline of musicology and to expand the traditional boundaries of music scholarship by challenging methodological and disciplinary boundaries. The program concludes with a dissertation.