Graduate opportunities

In the Division of Music Education at the University of North Texas, we're dedicated to developing strong leaders in music education.

Our Master of Music Education degree provides students with the teaching, administrative and leadership skills needed for success in a variety of educational settings. Students can select either a teaching emphasis or a research emphasis.

The teaching emphasis is for school music teachers wanting to advance their knowledge in the practice and theory of music instruction. The research emphasis is recommended for those who might want to teach music in higher education or pursue a PhD at a later time. Both tracks require passing a comprehensive exam consisting of a thesis or the defense of a project practicum, depending on the track.

Outstanding faculty

Our faculty members remain current on trends through various research projects. Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Choral music education
  • Community music
  • Social Justice initiatives
  • Instrumental instruction
  • Sociological context

They've also published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and written or contributed to textbooks and conducted presentations at regional, national and international conferences.

The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence. The college is vital to the region's arts community, presenting more than 1,000 formal and informal concerts annually. Its facilities include:

  • More than 300 practice rooms
  • Seven performance halls
  • Numerous classrooms and rehearsal rooms
  • Computer labs

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Lab can help you with writing, and the Office of Research Consulting offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops, including the Eagle Thesis and Dissertation Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Applying to the Music Education program is a two-step process. First, you'll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school. Specific requirements are outlined at the graduate school website. Second, once accepted by the graduate school, you'll need to complete an online College of Music application and supply the following materials to the Department of Music Education:

  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae
  • GRE scores
  • Personal statement addressing teaching, music and long-range professional goals
  • Teaching DVD or video recording
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample of an undergraduate paper or scholarly work

Degree requirements

Teaching emphasis

  • 12 credit hours of required music education courses
  • 10 credit hours of music courses outside of music education
  • 9 credit hours of electives
  • 3 credit hours of project practicum

Research emphasis

  • 12 credit hours of required music education courses
  • 10 credit hours of non-music education electives
  • 6 credit hours of research courses
  • 6 credit hours of thesis

Financial assistance

Our department funds several competitive, merit-based scholarships, teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships to help you pursue your degree. Teaching fellowships allow students to teach courses and serve as the primary instructor. Teaching assistants often teach a music fundamentals course, work with the Early Childhood Music Program or the New Horizons Senior Band.

Information about these opportunities is available by contacting the music education office. Visit the financial aid website for information about other financial assistance programs.


Elizabeth Chappell, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. String music education; historical research methods.

Warren Henry, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for the College of Music; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Administration; arts leadership and professional development schools.

Jamey Kelley, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Choral music education; singing accuracy, social justice.

Erika J. Knapp, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Michigan State University. Music education.

Mark Montemayor, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Instrumental music education and quantitative research methods.

Jessica Nápoles, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Florida State University. Secondary choral music education; conducting, expressivity, teacher talk, and testing pedagogical claims empirically.

Sean Powell, Associate Professor, Ed.D., University of Illinois; Instrumental music education; qualitative research methods, agency, and teacher identity.

Donald Taylor, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Elementary general music; diversity and social justice.