Music History

The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees in Music History.

The music history faculty at the University of Louisville represent a wide range of teaching and research disciplines. Devin Burke (Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University) specializes in the French baroque and teaches courses in music before mid-eighteenth century and Music and Sound in Film; Seow-Chin Ong (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley) is a scholar of late 18th- and 19th-century music including Schubert and Beethoven source studies; and Dr. Kirsten Speyer Carithers (Ph. D., Northwestern University) works on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, specializing in experimental and avant-garde practices, creative labor, and the study of interpretation. Part-time faculty bring expertise in cognate areas such as popular music, country music, history of rock and roll, world music, dance music, and music of the theater. The endowed Gerhard Herz Visiting Professor of Bach Studies provides opportunities for students to learn from guest scholars, who have included Don Franklin, Anne Leahy, Russell Stinson and Yo Tomita.

Undergraduate music history majors complete a senior research project under faculty supervision, concluding with a formal presentation and discussion with the panel of music history faculty. Graduate students in music history undertake a series of seminars and complete a thesis under faculty supervision, as well as satisfy a foreign language requirement and a final oral examination.

Past graduates in music history from the University of Louisville have made careers as musicologists, music librarians, arts administrators, and music critics.

The University of Louisville Music Library houses an extensive collection of scores, complete editions, fascimilies, books, journals, and a great variety of audio and video recordings. It also holds some unique resources for research, among which are the Grawemeyer Collection of Contemporary Music comprising over 2,500 items by major composers submitted to the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition from 1985 to the present, and the Ricasoli collection of 18th- and 19th-century manuscripts from a Tuscan source.

Please follow the links on the left side of this page to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate programs, library resources of special interest to music scholars found at U of L, as well as application procedures and information about graduate awards.

For more information, please contact:

Jerry Tolson, Email
Concentration Coordinator, Music History
School of Music
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292