The study of the history of music, very often focused on Western music. You must be a skilled musician with a performance background and knowledge of music theory to study musicology. Musicians in America typically study musicology at the graduate level (Masters and PhD). With a degree in musicology you can pursue a career working for a music library, become a music professor, or become a better educated musician. The field of musicology is highly intellectual, very impractical, but can be a lot of fun. In recent years musicologists have begun to study the meaning of music. This is a really cool development which merges the field of musicology with the fields of philosophy
, and linguistics
to name a few. The study of musical meaning asks questions like, "why listen to sad music if it makes you feel sad?" and "why and how does music influence our emotions?"
college senior: "Hey! I heard you're a music major and you like history. Are you going to go to grad school for musicology?"
music major: "No way! I'm not that intense about music. Also, I want a job when I graduate. If I'm really rich when I retire then I'd love to get an MA in Musicology, but not now."