- Areas of Study
- How to Apply - Undergraduate
- How to Apply - Postgraduate
- Auditions + Portfolios
- Scholarships and Prizes
- Notable Alumni
- Composing Women
- SCM Visiting Artists and Scholars Program
- Estivo: European Chamber Music Summer School
- Henderson Travellers
- MOOC: Music Education in the 21st Century
- OLE: Digital Communication: Sound
Musicology – Study Options
- Bachelor of Music – Apply Now
- Bachelor of Music (Music Education) – Course Structure | Apply Now
- Master of Music (Musicology) – Course Structure | Apply Now
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Course Structure | Apply Now
Musicology is the study of music as a system of organised sound and as a cultural force within society.
- Musicologists are interested in how music is made, whether composed or improvised, and in the knowledge that underlies its making.
- They are interested in how people hear music and why they hear it in particular ways.
- They are interested in what music has meant to people throughout history, and how musical works have been understood in various historical contexts.
- They are interested in how music is constructed, used, and understood by people in particular places and cultures across the globe.
Musicologists may become experts on a particular musical topic over time, but live their lives in a discipline that is constantly growing in scope, as new music is created and new ways of listening to old music emerge.
Most students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will study under the guidance of musicology staff in subjects such as music history, music analysis, music skills and research methods, with elective units of study offered by musicology area staff in a variety of topics ranging from early music to contemporary art music and popular music. Students may also specialise in musicology at a postgraduate levels.
Our staff include researchers in a wide range of areas including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, empirical musicology, popular music studies and more. We are active in publishing research in books and journals, participating in and organising local, national and international conferences and symposia, offering musicological expertise to the broader community and more. Find out more about our staff by following the links below.
Congratulations to Dr Christopher Coady. His book John Lewis and the Challenge of “Real” Black Music has recently been published by the University of Michigan Press within their Jazz Perspectives series.
- Meter Symposium 2
- Musicology Colloquium Series
- Sydney Undergraduate Journal of Musicology
- SCM Research
- Alfred Hook Lecture Series
- 2015 Musicological Society of Australia Conference – hosted by the Conservatorium during our Centenary celebrations in 2015
- Professor Anna Reid – Head of School and Dean
- Professor Linda Barwick – Associate Dean (Research) and (Indigenous Strategy)
- Professor Neal Peres Da Costa – Historical Performance and Early Keyboards; Program Leader Postgraduate Research
- Associate Professor Charles Fairchild – Program Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Music Major); Associate Professor of Popular Music
- Associate Professor Michael Halliwell – Associate Professor of Vocal and Opera Studies, and Musicology
- Associate Professor Kathleen Nelson – Associate Dean (Research Education)
- Dr Clint Bracknell – Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Contemporary Music, Coordinator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum
- Dr David Larkin – Senior Lecturer in Musicology
- Dr Alan Maddox – Program Leader of Bachelor of Music Studies, Senior Lecturer in Musicology
- Dr Helen Mitchell – Senior Lecturer in Musicology
- Dr Michael Webb – Senior Lecturer in Music Education and Ethnomusicology
- Dr James Wierzbicki – Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Arts Music
- Dr Christopher Coady – Lecturer in Musicology and Jazz
- Mr Lewis Cornwell – Lecturer in Musicology
- Dr Daniel Rojas – Lecturer in Music Teaching and Research
- Dr Rachel Campbell – Associate Lecturer in Musicology
- Dr Jade O’Regan – Scholarly Teaching Fellow in Contemporary Music
- Dr Daniel Yeadon – Scholarly Teaching Fellow; Lecturer in Cello and Viola da Gamba, and Musicology
- Dr Catherine Ingram – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ethnomusicology
- Dr Myf Turpin – Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Dr Joseph Toltz – Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Casual Lecturer in Musicology
- Ms Karen Lemon – Casual Lecturer in Musicology
- Mr Peter McNamara – Casual Lecturer in Musicology
- Mr Peter Smith – Casual Lecturer in Musicology