mu·​si·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌmyü-zi-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce musicology (audio) \

Definition of musicology

: the study of music as a branch of knowledge or field of research as distinct from composition or performance

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musicological \ ˌmyü-​zi-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce musicological (audio) \ adjective
musicologist \ ˌmyü-​zi-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce musicologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of musicology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zhao Qianli, a 21-year-old musicology student, waded into the water to get around a security fence at the military base when he was arrested for photographing defense installations in September 2018. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "As US warns against spy threat, Chinese nationals keep getting arrested in Florida," 23 Jan. 2020 Beginning at noon, there is a program at Music Hall with performances and a keynote speaker, Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology at Miami University. Chris Mayhew,, "How to navigate Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Closed streets and official events," 17 Jan. 2020 As opposed to a musicology book in 2D, which doesn't make any sense describing noises. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 Mr Cockrell is professor of musicology at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. The Economist, "Music and morals in New York’s ragtime age," 15 Aug. 2019 Now As news reports have uncovered, 27-year-old Mngoma has long been a passionate singer and musicology student, practicing for many hours per week and harboring an ambition to become a performer for years. Time, "This Opera-Singing Uber Driver Rides His Way to a Five-Star Rating," 15 July 2019 And Shana Redmond, an associate professor of musicology and African American studies at UCLA, noted that Robeson strongly repudiated the song later in his career. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "'A song is never just a song': The complicated history behind the controversy over Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'," 17 June 2019 Todd Decker, a professor of musicology and American culture studies at Washington University in St. Louis, said the song was first written for Broadway and sung by Everett Marshall, a white baritone who performed it in blackface. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "'A song is never just a song': The complicated history behind the controversy over Kate Smith's 'God Bless America'," 17 June 2019 At the trial in 2016, a federal court jury in Los Angeles heard conflicting testimony from musicology experts about whether the passages were similar enough for a copyright violation, and also heard a guitarist play excerpts from the two scores. Bob Egelko,, "Led Zeppelin gets new hearing in “Stairway to Heaven” copyright case," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of musicology

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for musicology

Italian musicologia, from Latin musica music + -logia -logy

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6 Feb 2020

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“Musicology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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: the study of music as an area of knowledge or as a field of research

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