About Musicology and ethnomusicology

Discover the theoretical and practical evolution of music through a range of forms, styles, genres, traditions, and philosophical, historical and cultural perspectives.

Experience music-making through participation in the daily life of the music community and ask questions about why music matters.

Develop knowledge, skills and practices that provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing.

Discover the Musicology & Ethnomusicology major

Get an overview of the Musicology & Ethnomusicology major in our Bachelor of Music with this video showcasing how our program explores the social, cultural and historical contexts of music.

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Why study at the University of Melbourne

Career pathway

Career pathway

The major in Musicology & Ethnomusicology can be your pathway to a range of postgraduate courses and employment options in music and beyond.



These areas of study offer you a flexible course structure, with opportunities to blend academic and performance-based subjects.

Build your network

Build your network

Learn with a diverse, multicultural community of leading minds – your teachers and peers – who will enrich your perspective and broaden your horizons.

Hear from our students

Find out what motivated our current students to choose Melbourne, and the impact studying with us has had on their lives and careers.

I’ve developed a new framework for understanding music’s affective qualities and that’s made me both a better musician and a better person. It’s also opened the door to a whole new understanding of the world around me.

Krishan Meepe, Bachelor of Music (Ethnomusicology)

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