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Musicology & Ethnomusicology

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About the Musicology & Ethnomusicology Department

Department chair: Douglas Shadle

The Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Blair School of Music has a three-part mission:

1. To produce world-class scholarship in historical musicology and ethnomusicology, often in collaboration with Blair School students and the greater Vanderbilt community.

2. To create a transformative and inclusive learning environment that enables students to engage with music as a human enterprise in diverse cultures.

3. To serve as an intellectual partner and base of support for creative endeavors on the Vanderbilt campus, in the Nashville metropolitan area, throughout the United States, and around the world.

Our diverse courses offer the highest quality of engaging, interactive teaching in the best tradition of liberal arts undergraduate education. While we share a strong commitment to the Blair school curriculum, most of our courses are open to the full undergraduate community. We also offer a unique two-course sequence for high school students at Blair Academy.

Undergraduate students can choose to pursue a more focused plan of study in musicology or ethnomusicology in the following tracks:

Concentration

A cluster of courses that builds a strong foundation in global, popular, and/or Western classical music, along with added breadth in a non-music discipline or foreign language. Eligibility: BMus-Performance, BMus-Integrated Studies. Can be combined with honors.

Honors

A deep dive into musicology and/or ethnomusicology that blends coursework and a senior honors thesis. Eligibility: BMus-Performance, BMus-Integrated Studies, BMA. Can be combined with a concentration. Can be counted toward Immersion Vanderbilt.

Minor

A sampling of courses in musicology and/or ethnomusicology designed to expand a student's academic engagement with music. Eligibility: any non-Blair student.

Our world-renowned faculty members regularly share their research in the most prestigious venues and collaborate on creative projects with organizations ranging from public radio stations to symphony orchestras. Information about their scholarly specializations and activities can be found on individual faculty pages.

For more information about us or our programs, please contact department chair Douglas Shadle.

Faculty

Celia Applegate
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History; Associate Chair of the History Department; Affiliate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Email
615-343-1983
Calhoun 108
Joy H. Calico
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology
Email
615-322-7677
1195 Blair
Lorenzo F. Candelaria
Dean; Martha Rivers Ingram Dean's Chair
Professor of Musicology
Email
615-322-7660
1113A Blair
Brittany Chase
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Email
Peter Cooper
Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature
Email
Website
Cynthia J. Cyrus
Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs; Professor of Musicology; Affiliated Faculty in Women's and Gender Studies
Email
615-343-1054
3118 Blair
Robert Webb Fry
Senior Lecturer in Music History and Literature
Email
615-322-7675
2119 Blair
Jen Gunderman
Assistant Professor of Musicology

Website
615-322-4913
2123 Blair
Jim Lovensheimer
Associate Professor of Musicology
Email
615-322-7651
Melanie Lowe
Associate Professor of Musicology
Email
615-343-3169
2108 Blair
Isidora Miranda
Postdoctoral Scholar
Email
615-322-7667
Blair 2113
Russell Platt
Adjunct Associate Professor of Music; Coordinator of Music as a Second Major
Email
Website
2126 Blair
Douglas Shadle
Associate Professor of Musicology; Chair of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology Department
Email
Website
615-322-8868
Blair 3155