What is Musicology? How and why do scholars write about music? This course will address the issues involved in making music a scholarly object of inquiry. It examines the methodologies through which scholarship has been constructed (e.g., archival research, reception history, historiography, practice-led research) and assesses their broader application. The course will be structured around a central point of reference--the musical work, music and the cosmos, notation, ontologies of sound, or performance studies. The chosen topic will serve as a prism through which musicological debate can be understood, and contrasted with ethnomusicological and other approaches.