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Undergraduate Study

The faculty members of Peabody Conservatory’s Department of Musicology specialize in areas that span the history of notated Western music and involve many subdisciplines in the field of musicology. The Department of Musicology plays an integral role in the education of all Peabody undergraduates. Members of the Musicology faculty teach courses in the history of music that are required components of the curriculum of students in all Conservatory departments. Undergraduates have the opportunity to expand their music history education by fulfilling requirements for the Minor in Musicology, which involves enrolling in additional course electives from the department’s offerings of graduate seminars and classes in the Peabody at Homewood program. Homewood undergraduates can also take advantage of the department’s offerings by joining undergraduate courses in music hosted at Peabody and through Peabody at Homewood, and by enrolling in the Minor in Music.

Graduate Study

The Department of Musicology offers graduate seminars on a broad range of topics each semester for all Peabody students working toward MM and DMA degrees. In addition, DMA students work closely with members of the department faculty who serve as advisors for the doctoral examinations and final document or dissertation.

The department also offers a Master of Music degree with a specialty in Musicology. Students in the program participate in graduate seminars and in the Musicology Colloquium, and write a thesis under the mentorship of an advisor from the department faculty. Students accepted into the program are eligible to apply for financial support in the form of graduate assistantships that may provide undergraduate teaching experience. Graduate study in musicology at Peabody is enhanced by the Friedheim Music Library, which holds an extensive collection of books, scores, and archival materials, as well as the Lester Levy Collection of Sheet Music, the George Peabody Library, and the proximity of the Library of Congress.

Recent graduates of the Master of Music degree in Musicology have gone on to PhD programs at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, the University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, and University of Maryland. Alumni of the program now hold positions at colleges and universities around the country.

Full-Time Faculty

Richard Giarusso

Areas of Interest: Art song, the symphony after Beethoven, Wagner, 20th-century English music. Performance (as singer): Washington Bach Consort, Cathedra. Performance (as conductor): artistic director, Voce Chamber Singers, Georgetown Chorale

Courses Taught: Undergraduate Courses at Peabody: History of Music II; History of Music III; History of Music IV. Graduate Seminars at Peabody: Symphonies of Gustav Mahler; Symphonies of Johannes Brahms; Berlioz and the Romantic Imagination; From Romanticism to Modernism; The English Musical Renaissance; Wagner; Music in Venice. Courses at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Western Classical Music; Music & Literature: Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus; Music & Literature: 20th-Century Opera

David Gutkin

Areas of Interest: Twentieth- and twenty-first century music, particularly opera, jazz, and postwar avant-gardes; philosophies of history, temporality, and memory; narrative theory; African-American culture, particularly around the Black Arts movement; graphic and other non-conventional notational forms; globalization and neoliberalism; overlapping visual art, theater, and music scenes in New York since the 1950s.

Laura Protano-Biggs

Areas of Interest: Opera, in particular nineteeth-century Italian opera and French grand opera; musical technologies; 19th-century performance cultures

Courses Taught: Technologies in the Concert Hall and Opera House; Sound Studies; Current Trends in Musicology (DMA colloquium)

Anicia Timberlake

Areas of Interest: Twentieth-century music, music and politics, aesthetic theory, and music and childhood

Elizabeth Tolbert

Areas of Interest: Ethnomusicology and Musicology include the following: music and evolution, feminist theory and gender, music and language ideologies, ritual, and music cognition; fieldwork in Finland, Karelia, and Peabody Conservatory.

Courses Taught: Issues in Ethnomusicology; Transnationalism and Globalization in World Music; Proseminar in Ethnomusicology; Music and Culture; Music and Evolution; Music and Language; Musicology Colloquium

Susan Forscher Weiss

Areas of Interest: Medieval and Renaissance European and non-Western musical culture, music theory, musical instruments, iconography, musical learning and memory; Digital Humanities; American musical theater

Courses Taught: Peabody Undergraduate: Music History I; Peabody Graduate: DMA Musicology Colloquium; Musical Learning; Art and Music in Renaissance Ferrara (with Stephen Campbell, Art History); History of Musical Notation; Social History of Music; Love Lyric of the Italian Renaissance; Homewood: History and Technology of Musical Instruments; Musical Theater from Aristophanes to Leonard Bernstein

Part-Time Faculty

Suhnne Ahn

Areas of Interest: 19th-century chamber music; Beethoven source studies (specifically Beethoven violin sonatas); early 19th-century French violin concerti (Baillot, Kreutzer, Rode, etc); institutional history of the Paris Conservatory

Courses Taught: Beethoven at Work: Sketches and Autographs
Teaching; Virtuosity: Pedagogy & Performance at the Paris Conservatory;
The Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms;
Unraveling Ravel: Beyond Bolero; England’s Queen, Opera's Muse: Elizabeth I; Beethoven String Quartets

Kirk-Evan Billet

Areas of Interest: Music cataloging and classification; linked data for music resources; medium of performance and genre/form vocabularies; Arabic music; Notre Dame conductus and motet; Stravinsky

Courses Taught: Bibliography; Music of the Arab World

Douglas Buchanan

Area of Interest: Music Theory (form and counterpoint); Baroque Style and Rhetoric; Late Beethoven; Contemporary Composition and Analysis; Music and Meaning; Music and Evolution; Music and Animals

Courses Taught: History of Music III; Music History Intensive; Music Theory I-II

David Hildebrand

Area of Interest: Music of early America (to 1820), research and performance; music and art as tools for teaching history; educational workshops for teachers

Courses Taught: Music in the United States: 1607-1950; Music in Maryland from Colonization through the Civil War

MĂłnica LĂłpez-GonzĂĄlez

Areas of Interest: Music Perception and Cognition, Musical Creativity and Improvisation, Performing Arts, Artificial Intelligence, Science-Art Integration, Entrepreneurship

Courses Taught at Peabody and Homewood: Topics in Music Cognition; Introduction to Music Perception and Cognition; Mind, Brain and Beauty; Neuroscience Applied: Designing and Communicating Research and Theory; BMore: Charm City Thru the Lens; Minds and Machines

John Moran

Ph.D., King’s College London; Mus.B., Oberlin Colleg