The study of music in its many manifestations, compositionally and culturally, is a crucial element in the formation of the 21st-century musician, educator, and music therapist. The variety of course offerings in music history at the SHSU School of Music brings to life the most eminent traditions of Art music and helps music majors incorporate historically informed perspectives into their specialized fields of study. The internationally acclaimed musicology faculty support a transdisciplinary approach in their teaching, using applications of musical analysis, cultural perspective, and performance practice. The undergraduate curriculum offers students opportunities to explore a diversity of issues including early music performance practice, cultural aesthetics, and tangential topics found in gender studies and ludomusicology. SHSU also offers a Masters of Music in Musicology which can offer a range of concentrations working in conjunction with current musicology graduate faculty.

In the School of Music's Center for Early Music Research and Performance (CEMRAP) undergraduate music majors have the option of specializing in early music performance as part of their Bachelors of Music (performance tracks). The School of Music also offers the same opportunities for concentration in early music performance at the graduate level. To read more about the Center's research and performances visit the CEMRAP homepage.