Research – a systematic inquiry or investigation into a topic – is conducted across the curricula at the University at Albany.  Whether it is using ancient texts or more recent diaries to develop new understandings or analyzing data to find mathematical patterns, research is an important component of your university education. Research begins with a question. What answer will you uncover?

What is Music research?

Research in Music means two, often interrelated things

  • Research in the traditional sense: books, articles, book chapters, scholarly editions
  • Compositions, presentations, performances

Students participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference. Performers perform in concerts and recitals, and composers compose.

Faculty produce scholarship, original compositions, and performances - both live and on CD. We are active within scholarly organizations such as the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, and the Society for American Music. Performers perform in venues both national and international.

How can I do research in Music at UAlbany?

Students in Music often do independent study courses with individual faculty members according to their interests and sometimes related to their concentrations. In our department, it is easy to approach a faculty member to express your interest in doing a scholarly project. Programs focused on research include the Musicology and Theory concentrations. Composition involves performances of original work.

Several courses in the department are oriented toward student research:

  • MUS 316
  • MUS 334
  • MUS 335
  • MUS 336

Some other resources to explore

  • Students often find performance possibilities in local venues. Performance instructors guide students to these opportunities.
  • In terms of more customary research, the Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology, sponsored by the University of Western Ontario, regularly solicits contributions.

If you like doing research in Music, there might be interesting research opportunities for you in

Art, History, Art History, Documentary Studies, Theatre