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Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Musicology, the study of music, usually focuses on the historical development of music. Music historians most commonly work at the college level, teaching music history to college students. Some historians also work as music critics for newspapers or magazines, or write or edit music-related books and articles for publishers, websites, encyclopedias or related publications. There is a related field of musicology called ethnomusicology. An ethnomusicologist studies the musical styles from cultures around the world and then teaches and/or writes about world music cultures. If you are interested in this career, a B.A./B.S. in Music with a minor in history, sociology, foreign language, linguistics or international studies is recommended.

Dr. Ann Silverberg

Dr. Ann Silverberg is APSU’s resident musicologist and ethnomusicologist. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Silverberg is in China on a Fulbright Scholarship, studying and writing about music of ancient China, with a particular focus on the traditional Chinese instrument, the guzheng.

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