Study of music history provides a basic understanding of Western music from the Middle Ages to modern day, primarily the classical traditions as well as jazz, contemporary, and world music. The program draws on historical investigation and various methods of criticism and analysis while considering music as both a liberal and a performance art. Coursework includes historical instruments, aural skills, music theory, along with workshops and lecture demonstrations.
Music History Faculty
Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.
“Music history is one of the portals at Oberlin where you learn how to communicate about music with other individuals besides musicians and besides yourself.”
Charles McGuire, Professor of Musicology