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CCM's musicology and music history programs foster a learning environment in which civility, inclusiveness and a sense of spirited inquiry converge with a commitment to rigorous thought, practical application of learning and a commitment to the larger local and world community.

We endeavor to communicate the best scholarly practices, encourage a commitment to ethical scholarly behavior and seek to cultivate an atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality.

Our graduate students are encouraged to look beyond the ivory towers of academe to communicate their love of music and history to both adults and to young people. We encourage them to find the balance between an intense commitment to their chosen specialty and a willingness to expand their scholarly and cultural horizons.

Music History

Why study Music History?

The Master of Music in Music History provides a comprehensive immersion in the history of Western (including American) and select non-Western music traditions by employing an array of critical methodologies and analytical tools. The music history department also actively collaborates with faculty and students in music theory, composition, and performance departments—in short, providing an ideal blend in both the study and practice of music. A graduate of the program will have a clear understanding of the issues, trends, and methodologies in the discipline, be able to comprehensively describe the history and style of a substantial body of music, and employ discipline-specific research techniques in order to create original works of scholarship. 

Major Maps

The MM in Music History program comprises courses in music history, music theory, performance (elective), research methods, and foreign-language reading. Students simultaneously further their professional development through colloquia, seminars, and other events and institutes sponsored by the division, college, and university.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Special features of the program include a diverse faculty of wide-ranging historical, geographical, and methodological coverage, which permits offering seminars that expose students to all major research areas in the field; an excellent student to teacher ratio; frequent guest-lecturer visits; unique professional-development opportunities (such as involvement in the in-house, student-run journal, Music Research Forum, and a biennial student-run conference); and numerous opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from outside of the department.


The position of this academic program within the context of a major conservatory provides ample opportunities for interactions with high-quality performers and composers, which enhances the educational experience. 


Most Teaching Assistants (TAs) gain experience teaching the music history sequence, research methods, and topic-specific courses. These diverse teaching experiences give our students a competitive edge as they enter the next phase of their professional career. 


Students and alumni are extremely active presenting their research in major professional venues. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter PhD programs in musicology, music theory, and related disciplines; selected graduates have gone directly into jobs in teaching, higher education, performance, broadcasting, and arts administration.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. CCM's founding schools (the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the College of Music of Cincinnati) were both charter members of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements for entrance and graduation in all music programs are in accordance with the published regulations of NASM.

Quick Facts

Master of Music Degree in Music History

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music
P.O. Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003
Phone: (513) 556-6046
Dr. Jonathan Kregor