Program Overview


The study of musicology draws on historical investigation and various methods of criticism and analysis in the thoughtful consideration of music as both a liberal and a performance art. Coursework includes exploration and analysis of western and world music, coupled with guest lectures, demonstrations, concerts, and workshops.

historical instruments
Instruments from the Roderic C. Knight Musical Instrument Collection, which features roughly 300 instruments acquired from Africa, India, China, and North America.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Major, Minor
    • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Division: Musicology


Charles McGuire,
Professor of Musicology


Jeanne Rosecrans, Administrative Assistant
performance group
Student ensembles, small and large, are essential to the conservatory’s music scene.
Photo credit: Roger Mastroianni

Performance Ensembles

Oberlin sponsors approximately 500 concerts on campus each year, including recitals and concerts by the more than 25 student ensembles. From jazz to contemporary guitar, classical to popular, computer-generated to acoustic, and from time-tested compositions to newer works, the college and conservatory present performances to satisfy any musical interest.

Performance Groups

Upcoming Musicology Events

Musicology News

Writing to Be Read

June 8, 2020

An Oberlin collaboration with a Cleveland nonprofit helps students explore long-form writing—and expand their audience.
text overlaid next to a sculpture of Beethoven's head