Master of Arts (MA Musicology)

Meet Aldwyn Hogg, MA candidate in Musicology

“I find the diversity of the faculty to be a great help and inspiration. I’ve been exposed to a plethora of methodologies, and ways of thinking about music, that I’ve been slowly able to coalesce and use to shape my own work.”

Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
The first reason was the impressive faculty and the depth of the program. The second reason was the generous funding available to graduate students in the MA Musicology program.

Where is “home” for you?
Home for me is the sunny island nation of the Bahamas, but I hope to eventually immigrate and become a Canadian citizen!

Describe your research.
I’m very much interested in the relationship between music and politics in the Stalinist years of the Soviet Union. I’m particularly interested in the strategies and approaches, and the ramifications thereof, that composers employed to reconcile their unique personal aesthetics with the state imposed aesthetic, Socialist Realism.

What’s your favourite book?
My favourite book would have to be William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch. Even just a page is enough to leave one stunned with the force of Burroughs’ writing.

Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I’ve worked as a TA for each semester of my program so far. It has provided me with invaluable teaching experience. It’s also been a lot of fun! My students have always been bright, inquisitive, and all around inspiring.

Program Websites

Program Contact

Audrey Yardley-Jones (
Graduate Program Assistant

Don Wright Faculty of Music

Western University
Talbot College, Room 216
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85354

The MA in Musicology exposes students to a wide range of recent and past scholarship in musicology. Students receive advanced research training about significant issues relating to the history of music and its cultural, historical, and critical contexts.

Program Length

  • 5 Terms (1.66 years)

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based or course-based

Funding Information

Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Music in Music History, Bachelor of Arts with Honours Music, or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bibliographical and research techniques.
  • Submission of 1-2 recently written research papers.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • January 15 - Acceptance notification in early March
Applications received after the deadline are contingent on space availability and funding.