The department was established in 1925. Its traditions of teaching were founded by distinguished figures in Russia musical culture, and combine principles of both conservatory and university education. The training is provided in several fields: history of Russian music, history of music, ethnomusicology and old-folk-singing, theory of music, music criticism and theory of performing art.

The department is particularly important, as it provides professional training in historical and theoretical disciplines for students of all specialties.

Teachers of the faculty are well-known musicologists, composers, musicians. The staff is keenly involved in research; the results of which are publications, monographs, collections of articles, dissertations, international conferences and reports.

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