Music History/Musicology

Music History And Musicology at TCU

Music history and musicology permeate the music program at Texas Christian University and reach students from every other department in the University as well. Non-majors have the opportunity to take a general Survey of Music course or the alternative From Rock to Bach, as well as a Survey of Jazz and Popular Music and a class in World Music. For music majors, there is a three-semester of History of Music sequence, in addition to upper division courses covering the entire range of genres and eras. For those who wish to major in music history and musicology, there is a graduate program leading to the MM degree.

The Music Library

Located on the third floor of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, the Music/Media Library houses several thousand scores, print books, CDs and music discipline related videos. Perched among the trees overlooking University Avenue, the M/M Library and Hamilton Audio/Visual Center provide a quiet creative space for musicians to listen to music, watch performances, study scores, write research papers and attend some specialized classes.

Students may bring their own, or check out laptops from the Library Information Commons to obtain internet/computing access for their studies. Computers for the Library Catalog and the numerous music related reference and streaming databases are available for research. Noteworthy print databases include Grove Music Online, Music Index, and Index to International Periodicals. Streaming audio/visual databases include the full gamut of Alexander Street Press products such as Classical Music Online, Opera in Video, and Jazz Music Online, as well as standalone Naxos Music Online and Database of Recorded American Music.

The print books and music scores are in open stacks for browsing. The audio/visual materials, while in a closed stacks environment, are easily accessible via catalog search and a library call number provided to staff. Audio/visual materials and music scores are only available for checkout to current TCU Community, but all are welcome to study materials within the M/M Library. InterLibrary Loan privileges are extended to current TCU Community via the library website or through the ILL office on the first floor of the MCB Library.

The M/M Library also houses the Archives for the TCU School of Music beginning in 1949. Special Collections and the Music/Media Library share the Archives of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition Foundation. Both the Music/Media Librarian and the Cliburn Archivist/Liaison for the School of Dance office within the Music/Media Library.

Collegium Musicum

Collegium Musicum TCU, under the direction of Dr. H. Joseph Butler, is a small ensemble devoted to historically informed performance of Baroque music. Currently the group performs on authentic replica instruments including 4 violins, 2 violas, and 2 cellos, viola da gamba, flute, recorder, harpsichord, and positive organ.

Graduate Assistantships and Other Financial Support

Assistantships are available to qualified, full-time graduate students in the School of Music. Applicants must be admitted to the program, have an outstanding academic record, and present favorable recommendations. Assistantships provide tuition grants plus stipend and require approximately ten hours of work weekly. Musicology students are also eligible for the Michael M. Winesanker Scholarship, named for the late distinguished scholar who served the TCU School of Music for over 40 years, 25 of these as Chairman.


H. Joseph Butler, BA, MM, DMA
Stuart G. Cheney, BM, MM, PhD
William Gibbons, BA, MA, PhD
Timothy D. Watkins, BM, MCM, MM, PhD

For further information about TCU Music History/Musicology, contact:
Dr. Stuart G. Cheney
Division Chair, Music History and Musicology
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500 - Fort Worth, Texas 76129
817.257.7602 Fax: 817.257.7344