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Musicology, Music Theory and Ethnomusicology


Master’s and Doctoral Programs


Graduate opportunities

The Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas features award-winning scholars and musicians who are united by a love of learning, dedicated to the highest standards of academic achievement and integrity, and committed to meeting the educational needs of our students and the community at large.

We offer course work leading to a Master of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Music Theory, Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Musicology with an emphasis in Early Music Performance. You can also earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music with a concentration in Musicology, Music Theory or Musicology with an emphasis in Early Music Performance.

While pursuing a graduate degree at UNT, you can take advantage of:

  • One of the nation’s largest university music libraries with more than 300,000 volumes of books, periodicals, scores and reference works as well as nearly 900,000 sound recordings in a variety of formats (Special collections include manuscripts of Heinrich Schenker, Arnold Schoenberg, first edition Jean-Baptiste Lully prints, and recordings and photographs from Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton.)
  • Courses in pedagogy that prepare you for a career in the profession, combined with opportunities to teach undergraduate courses under faculty supervision
  • Classes focusing on Schenkerian analysis, contemporary approaches to music theory, history of music theory and analytical techniques
  • Historical and critical studies including medieval ritual, 17th-century opera, Second Viennese School, and identity and nationalism in Latin American music
  • A nationally recognized program in early music performance including the award-winning Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers
  • The Global Music Faculty Consortium and related ensembles
  • Area studies classes and specialized seminars such as music and its intersections with religious ritual, politics and migration

Impressive credentials

Our faculty members have garnered national and international recognition for their outstanding research. They regularly publish articles in leading journals and anthologies, publish books with prestigious university presses, and present research at professional conferences and meetings on music history, theory and ethnomusicology. Our division publishes Theoria: Historical Aspects of Music Theory, the Journal of Schenkerian Studies and Harmonia, a graduate student publication in its eighth year.

The College of Music is one of the nation’s most comprehensive music schools. Its ensembles, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands have released numerous recordings, earned Grammy Award nominations, and performed throughout the world. The college regularly hosts guest artists and scholars who represent a variety of perspectives and insights on music. These guests have included the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck, composer John Clayton, theorists Allen Forte and Carl Schachter, musicologists Wendy Heller and Anne W. Robertson, and ethnomusicologists Portia K. Maultsby and Bruno Nettl.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You will need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School as well as complete the College of Music’s admissions process. Required materials include:

  • Academic résumé/curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio consisting of two major analytical papers (for theory degrees) or one historical research paper (for musicology degrees)
  • Statement of personal interest
  • Three letters of recommendation

Degree requirements

For specific degree requirements, access the graduate catalog.

Financial assistance

Once admitted to the College of Music, you are eligible for scholarships as well as teaching assistantships and fellowships. Competitive academic scholarships include a monetary award and a waiver of out-of-state tuition. Information about assistantships, fellowships, financial aid and scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid website.