Associate Professor of Musicology Chair, Department of Musicology
Dr. Robert Paul Kolt received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Maryland at College Park, his M.A. in musicology from Radford University, and his B.A. in music (conducting) from Mary Washington College. He has lectured widely in North America and Europe and authored articles appearing in numerous scholarly publications including The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., Pipers Enzyklopädie des Musiktheaters, The Opera Journal, and National Identities, among others. His book on the American composer Robert Ward titled Robert Ward’s The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism was published by Scarecrow Press in 2009, and he is currently completing a comprehensive examination and catalog of that composer’s life and works.
Courses in Musicology
All music majors complete a comprehensive, four-semester sequence of courses in the history of Western music that include: “Introduction to Musicology” (MUSC 2021), which introduces the principal genres and terminology pertinent to the various periods of Western and non-Western music history, followed by; the “History of Western Music 1” (MUSC 3223), which examines the developments in Western music from antiquity to c. 1500; the “History of Western Music 2” (MUSC 3233), which examines the developments in Western music from c. 1500 to c. 1800; and the “History of Western Music 3” (MUSC 3243), which completes the sequence and examines the developments in Western music from c. 1800 to the present.
After completing the required music history sequence music majors may elect to take upper-division courses in: the “History of Modern Art Music” (MUSC 4243), an in-depth examination of the history and development of Western art music from c. 1850 through the modern era; and the “History of American Music” (MUSC 4253), a review of trends and developments in American music from pre-Jamestown to the present. Advanced students may also elect to take “Studies in Musicology, Variable Topics” (MUSC 4423) in which the subject matter changes each semester in accordance with student interest. With approval of the department chair: after completing the required music history courses students may also elect to pursue individual studies on specific topics in music history.
Members of the performance faculty also offer courses in the literature of performance media for students concentrating in those areas and music appreciation courses for non-music majors.
Musicology Course Titles
MUSC 2021: Introduction to Musicology – Fall (Kolt)
MUSC 3173: History and Literature of Musical Theatre – Fall/even-numbered years (Theatre faculty)
MUSC 3223: History of Western Music 1 – Spring (Kolt)
MUSC 3233: History of Western Music 2 – Fall (Kolt)
MUSC 3243: History of Western Music 3 – Spring (Kolt)
MUSC 4243: History of Modern Art Music – Fall/even-numbered years (Kolt)
MUSC 4252: Instrumental Literature – On demand (Instrumental faculty)
MUSC 4253: History of American Music – Fall/odd-numbered years (Kolt)
MUSC 4262: Organ Literature – On demand (Keyboard faculty)
MUSC 4272: Choral Literature and Arranging – Spring (Vocal faculty)
MUSC 4282: Piano Literature – Fall/even-numbered years (Keyboard faculty)
MUSC 4292: Vocal Literature – Spring/odd-numbered years (Vocal faculty)
MUSC 4312: Band History and Literature – Spring/odd-numbered years (Instrumental faculty)
MUSC 4423: Studies in Musicology, Variable Topics – As announced (Kolt)