Masters degrees in the History of Music offer an advanced focus on the contexts, cultures and developments of musical styles throughout various periods in history.
Taught MA degrees are typical for the field, though research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes may also be available at some institutions. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as History, Music or Performance Studies.
Courses in this field are highly academically focused, providing opportunities for you to specialise in several areas.
For example, you might assess the development of string orchestra performance, from its inception to its present assortments. Or, you might specifically analyse a period such as the Renaissance, including influential artists and instruments.
Theses Masters may also be interdisciplinary in nature, combining theoretical concepts from disciplines such as anthropology, sociology and even philosophy. For example, you may explore music’s influence on the sociocultural constructs of different societies throughout colonial periods.
Traditional careers include academic teaching, academic writing, archival management and museum curation. You might also explore careers in music technology, instrument design or even music management.