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Musicology (from Greek 'μουσική' (mousikē) for 'music' and 'λογος' (logos) for 'domain of study') is the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music.

Musicology departments traditionally belong to the humanities, although some music research is scientific in focus (psychological, sociological, acoustical, neurological, computational).

Some geographers and anthropologists have an interest in musicology so the social sciences also have an academic interest.

A scholar who participates in musical research is a musicologist.

Historical Musicology[edit]

Systemic Musicology[edit]