Student Research in Music

Both undergraduate and graduate students in Music are deeply engaged in research – in traditional academic capacities and as performers, composers, and recording experts.

Undergraduate Research

Music Undergraduate Students can find opportunities to involve themselves in faculty research through several programs.

Research Assistants
Paid research assistance opportunities through Music’s Endowment Fund and other faculty-held research grants. Opportunities are available on an ad hoc basis, created and facilitated by individual faculty.

Work Study
Western's Work Study program offers an opportunity for students to work part-time on campus in jobs that accommodate their studies.

Undergraduate Summer Research Internships (USRI)
The Western USRI Program program provides engaged research experiences and opportunities to learn new research methods and techniques alongside faculty mentors. It also helps develop skills in preparation for future careers. Opportunities are advertised each Spring.

Nota Bene
Undergraduate students in Music run and edit Canada’s Undergraduate Journal of Musicology, Nota Bene.

Graduate Research

Music Graduate Students are engaged in exciting and novel research across our areas of study.

Research Assistants
Many graduate students involve themselves in faculty research projects as paid Research Assistants.

Western University Graduate Symposium on Music (WUGSOM)
Each year, the Society of Graduate Students in Music (SOMGSIM) organizes a Graduate Symposium, which brings students from around the world to Western.

Recent Theses
Access a list of recently completed Doctoral and Master's theses in Music.