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Musicology - Outline

Program Description

The Musicology program covers various theoretical studies of music including history, aesthetics, ethnomusicology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, iconography, and management.

This program was established at both the undergraduate and masters levels in 1994, in order to foster individuals who conduct scholarly research on music and participate in activities related to the research. In 2009, the doctoral program in Musicology is established. Since then, the Musicology program has been able to accept outstanding students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.

While this program focuses on specialized subjects in musicology (Musicology Research in the undergraduate program, Comprehensive Music Research in the master's degree program, and Doctoral Research in the doctoral program), proficiency in foreign languages such as English, German and French is also emphasized. Students in the Musicology program can take courses in musicianship and theory, and carry out research closely related to musical practice. Also, for their practical disciplines, there are opportunities to learn at specialized lectures and practical workshops, and to write for a comment on the program of concerts performed by students at the School of Music.

The Musicology program offers intense instruction in small group seminars. In the first and second years, students study basic musicology. In the third year, they start working on their graduation thesis which has to be completed in the fourth year. Graduates of this program show a wide diversity of careers: employment at a company and a music-related organization, working as a junior or high school teacher, entering graduate school in Japan or abroad, and so on.

Admission Policy

Intended to develop individuals who engage in research on music, the Musicology program seeks students who have:

  • Intellectual curiosity about music.
  • oundations necessary for studying music.
  • Rich sensitivity to art.