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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Other Words from musicology

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

Examples of musicology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In honor of its centennial, musicians, inventors and musicology enthusiasts alike are celebrating the history—and enduring intrigue—of the unusual instrument. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Soviet Spy Who Invented the First Major Electronic Instrument," 3 Dec. 2020 In his first clue package, there were medicine and musicology signs which clearly indicated his two passions. Ariana Brockington,, "A Quick Primer On The Man Behind The Serpent On The Masked Singer," 18 Nov. 2020 Jennie Tiderman-Österberg is an ethnomusicologist at Dalarnas museum in Sweden, a PhD student in musicology at Örebro University, and a singer. Jennie Tiderman-Österberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Sweden’s Ancient Tradition of Calling Home the Herds Is Women’s Work," 28 Sep. 2020 As early as the mid-19th century, Jewish congregations began to measure their success by the quality of their choirs, according to Judah Cohen, a professor of Jewish studies and musicology at Indiana University. Philissa Cramer,, "How Jews adapt to the sudden disappearance of communal singing," 16 Sep. 2020 Many scholars of black studies and musicology, meanwhile, have found no substantial evidence exists that Beethoven had African ancestry. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Was Beethoven Black? Probably Not, but These Unsung Composers Were," 23 June 2020 CalVet’s leader is a 73-year-old urologic surgeon who speaks six languages and has a master’s degree in musicology and a doctorate in philosophy. Dan Morain, Los Angeles Times, "Meet the 73-year-old surgeon working to keep California veterans safe from COVID-19," 10 May 2020 Christ Hospital physician Matt Hensler practices otolaryngology in Greater Cincinnati, but in between video visits, he's been working in a little musicology. Sierra Newton,, "Heartland: Christ Hospital's Dr. Matthew Hensler performs Billy Joel parody 'Corona Man'," 15 Apr. 2020 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

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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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9 Jan 2021

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“Musicology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of musicology

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

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