Department of Musicology/ Composition/ Theory
The Department of Musicology/Composition/Theory boasts state-of-the-art music technology studios, a computer-assisted instruction lab, a broad range of medieval and Renaissance instruments, African percussion instruments and a Balinese Gamelan. Summer courses abroad have been held in Bali, Indonesia, and Ghana, West Africa. The department's full-time faculty of 13 includes award-winning composers as well as musicologists, theorists and ethnomusicologists whose research is published regularly.
Closely associated with the department is the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. The center sponsors the annual New Music & Art Festival, a three-day extravaganza of concerts, panels and paper sessions on 20th-century music.
Many of the department’s graduates go on to receive doctorates in various fields and hold faculty positions at colleges and universities, as well as posts in other music-related careers.