Musicology & Ethnomusicology

A harpsichord sits on stage in Bates Recital Hall


The division of Musicology & Ethnomusicology is committed to the academic integration of history and ethnography. Students are encouraged to challenge the shifting boundaries between Western “art” repertories, non-Western traditions, and popular music.

Undergraduate students may take coursework in musicology or ethnomusicology to create an emphasis within the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree.

Graduate students receive substantial training in a variety of historical, historiographical, analytical, cultural, and ethnographic issues before specializing in a historical period, geographical area, or a combination of these and other fields.

The Butler School maintains a scholar exchange partnership with Pakistan’s National Academy of Performing Arts. This partnership has forged important academic connections and collaborative performances, such as their 2018 appearance at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival. Under the leadership of Professor Sonia Seeman, the group formed as Sangat!, taken from a Sanskrit word that means “coming together.”

Ethnomusicology accepts applications directly into the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. An independent terminal master’s degree is not offered.

Musicology accepts M.M. and Ph.D. applications


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Charles Carson
Associate Professor of Musicology

Andrew Dell'Antonio
Professor of Musicology

Veit Erlmann
Professor of Musicology

Mónica Fogelquist
Assistant Professor of Practice in Mariachi and Ethnomusicology 

James Gabrillo
Assistant Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology

Hannah Lewis
Associate Professor of Musicology

Alison Maggart
Assistant Professor of Instruction in Musicology

Robin D. Moore
Professor of Ethnomusicology

Luisa Nardini
Associate Professor of Musicology

Guido Olivieri 
Professor of Instruction in Musicology

Sonia Tamar Seeman
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in Middle Eastern Studies

Stephen Slawek
Professor of Ethnomusicology 

J.J. Barrera
Specialist in Conjunto

Joel Guzman
Specialist in Conjunto