**This information only applies to students who commenced the Bachelor of Music degree Prior to 2016**
Musicology is a lively area of activity at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. All staff (many of whom are notable alumni) are actively engaged in research, and staff and students regularly present papers at National and International conferences. Musicology asks questions about why we like music, its importance and its functions. It examines not only music but also musicians within their social and cultural environment.
Ethnomusicology considers the whole context – social, cosmological, economic, political, historical, contemporary, environmental and epistemological – through and within which music is imagined, discussed and made.
In the Musicology/Ethnomusicology Major, students develop knowledge, skills and practices that provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing, as well as the ability and self-confidence to comprehend and present complex concepts.
The Musicology and Ethnomusicology Major offers a highly flexible course structure, with opportunities to blend academic and performance-based activities through participation in ensemble and chamber music activities.
The majors are also a pathway to specialised study at honours or graduate level.
Intended learning outcomes