Graduate opportunities

The Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas provides advanced instruction and practice that prepares you for a career in music academia and higher education.

Many of our graduates have successful careers as professors or lecturers at colleges and universities in Texas, the U.S. and abroad. Others work with music publishers or in large research libraries.

Professional training

We offer course work leading to a Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music with a concentration in Musicology. You can also pursue a concentration in Early Music Performance at the master's level.

Our courses are diverse in their approaches and perspectives. However, they have common themes of examining music as a set of texts and as a reflection of social practices. Courses are available that focus on Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, 19th- and 20th-century and Latin American music.

Special topic seminars are available, such as Opera studies, Music in Vienna around 1900 or on how to prepare a Critical Music Edition.

Student focus

Performance opportunities are available in any of our ensembles and orchestras, among them the award-winning Baroque Orchestra and the Collegium Singers. With UNT's extensive collection of period instruments, our early music ensembles are among the nation's largest and most active, performing regularly throughout Texas and the U.S.

Musicology students have also collaborated in editing works by Claudio Monteverdi, which have been published by the distinguished German publisher Bärenreiter.

Our faculty members are internationally renowned for their research in a wide range of areas, such as:

  • Source study and archival research
  • Historical performance practices
  • Hermeneutics and semiotics
  • Religious and cultural history
  • Printing culture
  • Critical studies in politics, gender, and ethnicity
  • Editorial techniques and philology

International study abroad programs can provide you with an array of learning experiences. We collaborate with institutions and scholars in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America for these opportunities.

The Graduate Association of Musicologists und Theorists (GAMuT) is an active group of our graduate students who organize an annual academic conference, publish the journal Harmonia, and host regular professional development meetings, faculty and student research presentations and social gatherings.

Teaching fellows and assistants

Positions as teaching fellows and teaching assistants are available and allow you to gain hands-on experience. Teaching fellows usually teach two classes a week. Teaching assistants contribute to a class taught by a professor through technical management or lab-teaching and review.

Teaching assistants and fellows also participate in weekly staff meetings for their course and supervise and grade entrance exams the week before classes start. Positions are available for either 10 or 20 hours per week, subject to availability and passing an audition (teaching fellows).

About the college

The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence. It's accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248). This accreditation means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

The college supports many ensembles, orchestras, choirs and jazz bands that have released numerous recordings, earned Grammy Award nominations and performed throughout the world. Facilities include 300 practice rooms, seven performance venues (including Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center and Voertman Hall), numerous classrooms, rehearsal rooms, computer labs and an intermedia theater.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and complete the College of Music's admissions process Required materials include:

  • Academic résumé/curriculum vitae
  • One historical research paper
  • Statement of personal interest
  • Three letters of recommendation

Degree requirements

Degree requirements vary depending on the degree you're pursuing. For specific degree requirements, access the graduate catalog. An advisory committee and faculty mentor will provide guidance as you progress toward your degree.

Financial assistance

Several types of competitive financial assistance programs are available to help you earn your graduate degree:

  • Teaching assistantships and fellowships
  • Graduate Assistantship Tuition Scholarship (for teaching assistants and fellows)
  • Toulouse Fellowship (includes tuition, health benefits and stipend)
  • McNair Fellowship (includes tuition, health benefits and stipend)
  • Master's and dissertation year scholarships
  • Various internal (division-level) grants that support your travel to conferences and for research

All grants are subject to changes and may not be available to all applicants. Please contact us for more information.

More information about federal financial assistance programs is available at the financial aid website.


Benjamin Brand, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Yale University. Medieval plainsong and liturgy; musical institutions in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; history of music theory and pedagogy.

Bernardo Illari, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago. Latin American music from the colonial and national periods; intellectual history of musicology in Latin America.

Mark McKnight, Head Music Librarian and Adjunct Professor; Ph.D., Louisiana State University. 19th-century American music criticism; early American sheet music; music of Louisiana and New Orleans.

Peter Mondelli, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania. 19th-century French opera; history of musical media; critical theory.

Margaret Notley, Professor; Ph.D., Yale University. Brahms and Berg and their respective milieus; 20th-century opera; critical and compositional reception of Beethoven.

Robert Pearson, Lecturer; Ph.D., Brandeis University. Late 18th-century music and listening practices; narrative and analysis; Beethoven.

Hendrik Schulze, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Universität Heidelberg. 17th-century Italian and French music; Venetian opera; ritual studies; music and meanings; editing of music.