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.


Suhnne Ahn 
Instructor in Musicology / Director of the Peabody at Homewood Program 

Anna Celenza 
Professor in The Writing Seminars / Affiliated Faculty in Musicology 

Kathleen DeLaurenti 
Director, Arthur Friedheim Library 

David Gutkin 
Assistant Professor in Musicology 

Lily Kass
Lecturer in Musicology

John Moran 
Instructor in Musicology / Viola Da Gamba & Baroque Cello / Interim Chair in Historical Performance

Donnie Scally
Lecturer in Musicology

Anicia Timberlake 
Assistant Professor in Musicology

Douglas Buchanan 
Lecturer in Musicology / Music Theory 

Remi Chiu 
Chair / Musicology 

Christopher DeLaurenti 
Lecturer in Musicology

Nour El Rayes
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

David Hildebrand
Lecturer in Musicology 

Qingfan Jiang
Assistant Professor in Musicology

Matthew F. Reese 
Instructor in Musicology 

Paul Allen Sommerfield 
Lecturer in Musicology   

Laura Vasilyeva (formerly Protano-Biggs) 
Associate Professor in Musicology 

Matthew Vest
Lecturer in Musicology

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