The Chair of Musicology represents the subject in its entirety, its research focus, however, is on music history and regional research.
Specific areas of research include the music of the 17th century, in particular Italian opera and instrumental music as well as French dance. Of particular interest here are questions of performance practice, aesthetics, musical dramaturgy, and the use of music in everyday life.

In addition, there is research into the music and music-making practices of groups that are historically underrepresented in the musicological narrative, such as people who were located outside the major centers, who were not counted as part of high culture due to their education, gender or social status, and who have thus remained largely nameless and faceless in music historiography, such as the rural population in the areas between Lake Como and Lake Constance. In this context, another focus is the development and testing of new methodological approaches, which are based on those of other disciplines in the humanities, and to strive to adapt these to the questions of musicology.

Another important focus is musical philology and editing techniques, in which questions of musical practice, the character of music as a work, and the realization and legibility of musical texts are dealt with.

In addition, the research field of folk music research in the Lake Constance region explores open research questions on Alemannic folk music and transfers them to music education contexts, as well as developing research approaches to the area of tension between folk music and migration in the Lake Constance region.