Department of Musicology, Hebrew University

The website states: “The Musicology Department, part of the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was founded in 1965 by the late Professor Alexander Ringer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. It was the first such department to be founded in Israel, and already in its first decade of existence it boasted such distinguished faculty members as Israel Alder, the late Bathja Bayer, Jehoash Hirshberg, Don Harrán, Josef Tal, Dalia Cohen, Ruth Katz, and Amnon Shiloah. Then as in nowadays, the Department seeks to advance knowledge and research of music as a multifaceted phenomenon having varied manifestations, in conjunction with both local and global contexts, and with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches. The Department offers courses in three major areas: historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory. Among the faculty members are specialists in most historical periods of European music, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Research is informed by a variety of historical, cultural, analytical, and theoretical approaches, and scholarly interests currently include opera and musical drama, Jewish and Israeli music, non-western music, psycho-acoustics and cognition, counterpoint and harmony, aesthetics, semiotics, and music in relation to other arts.”… “The department offers degree courses in the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, and seeks to cultivate expert musicologists who will not only be able to teach at the highest level, but also to produce original research.”