Musicology – the academic study of music – is a broad and inclusive subject at Lincoln, encompassing ethnomusicology, popular music studies, classical music, music analysis, film music and more.

Musicology underpins all areas of study, and is integrated with practical and contextual work. Seminars and tutorials sit alongside talks from visiting speakers to provide platforms for discussion of current issues in the field.

Students have the opportunity to build critical and reflective skills through the study of a range of subjects, with many opportunities to specialise in an area of particular interest.

Year 1

In Year 1 students gain a full foundation of knowledge in areas of musicology, research and other academic skills through the Critical Approaches to Music and Performance module. A broad array of music from across the globe is covered here, whilst A History of Popular Music interrogates the term ‘popular’ through the examination of a wide span of music history.

Year 2

Themes from the first year are picked up in Year 2, as students undertake The Song in Context, a module examining a range of works from across genres, periods and places, culminating in a written assessment and presentation. Students may also choose the Curating Music module in which the subject of a critical essay is agreed on an individual basis between student and module leader.

Year 3

In Year 3 students use their developed musicological skills in various practical contexts, ranging from analytical work to reflective writing. Students may choose to write a substantial dissertation on a subject of their choice, supported by close work with a project supervisor.

All members of staff currently teach in the full range of musicology in the programme.