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Connect Musicology and Public Outreach

Westminster’s American and Public Musicology graduate program promotes students to engage general, non-professional audiences in intellectually-driven conversations about music. This is the first graduate program in North America to require coursework in public musicology. The program’s goal is to highlight musicology as a practice in civic engagement by creating and participating in music outreach.

You’ll work closely with faculty to present research at university, local and national conferences including Westminster’s annual Celebration of Westminster Student Research. Past projects include creating a Soundwalk of Princeton, designing special exhibits on musico-political events, historical performances at museums and more!

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Program Requirements

Our 33-credit graduate curriculum combines coursework in music history with topics on American culture to create a symbiotic and thorough understanding of musicology. A Proseminar on American Music is a required element of the curriculum.

Our Faculty

Core courses in the American and Public Musicology program are taught by scholars who have written significant books, published in major peer-reviewed journals and given presentations and lectures throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Students in this program are also encouraged to take courses, private lessons and independent studies with Westminster’s highly accomplished voice, piano, composition, music education and sacred music faculty.

Enhance Music Ministries

Students in the American and public musicology program study with many of the best-known names in music, as well as with education directors at performing arts centers and museums, digital archivists, music journalists, oral historians and musicologists involved in K-12 education. This expert staff provides guidance for students to participate in a variety of careers.

Common Careers

  • Doctoral studies in musicology, ethnomusicology and music theory
  • Entrepreneurial performers
  • Writers for the arts
  • Arts Administration
  • Education directors
  • Digital archivists
  • Music journalists
  • Music Educators
  • Historians

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American and Public Musicology (M.M.)

Sharon Mirchandani

Professor and Chair

Omega House

smirchandani [at]

609-921-7100 x8313

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