Musicologist is a broad title for someone who studies music. Many work
in universities and other postsecondary institutions, while others are found
Some work in publishing and recording. Others work as musical directors.
Those working as teachers provide instruction in musicology, music history
and music appreciation.
The number of jobs for musicologists in teaching is very limited. High
numbers of job seekers apply for every posted position.
As musicologists retire, they're not being replaced due to low funding.
Musicologist Dr. Victor Anand Coelho says that they receive 40 to 50 applicants
for every job posting at his university. But he is hopeful that the situation
will change for the better in the future.
Most musicologists in teaching educate students in topics like performance
and music theory.
University professors teaching musicology often don't have tenure nowadays.
Marian Wilson Kimber, an assistant professor, notes that there is a trend
towards using more and more temporary or part-time employees. Moreover, in
smaller institutions, musical history courses are being taught by non-musicologists.
Another trend occurring in the musicology field, according to Jim Zychowicz,
chair of the American Musicology Society Committee on Career-Related Issues,
is the movement towards the study of popular music, women's music, North American
music and the music of other cultures.
Musicologists must be able to perform, be versatile and have a pleasant
personality. Computer literacy and research skills are assets. The abilities
to chair meetings, facilitate discussions and work on committees are also
Wilson Kimber says diverse skills, such as teaching, performing or directing,
will definitely enhance employability. These skills are especially important
in small colleges or universities.
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