Musicology (in Ireland)

Musicology (in Ireland)

Stephen Graham reflects on the nature of musicology as a discipline, particularly on its failure to gain a foothold in public debate, and considers the state of musicology in Ireland ahead of the symposium on the same subject at UCD on 4 April.

The cover image of Prince’s album Musicology. ‘The absence of even one undergraduate programme in popular music at an Irish university is shameful,’ writes Stephen Graham.

What is musicology for? Perhaps the question can be better formulated as who is musicology for? These questions of course beg a further question, namely, what is it that musicology does, and how does it do it?

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Published on 29 March 2012

Stephen Graham is a lecturer in music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He blogs at

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