Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3 years
Credit Hours:

84 hours (with Bachelor's) 54 hours (with Master's)
Bring your instrument and your talent to UNT's award-winning doctoral degree program.
The division of Instrument Studies offers a Doctor of Music performance degree with a specialization in: violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, harp, guitar, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, and multiple woodwinds. Current and former students have won prizes in major instrumental competitions of every genre, and are appointed to professional positions in orchestras, wind symphonies, and universities/conservatories spanning the world

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Why Earn a Music Performance Doctoral Degree?

You'll receive hands-on experience working with various ensembles throughout the year. UNT ensembles include six choral ensembles, two orchestras and seven wind bands. These ensembles regularly appear in concert programs throughout the year and performances at various state, national and international events.

Faculty members are experienced professionals who've worked with a wide array of ensembles worldwide, ranging from the Southeast Asian Youth Wind Ensemble in Bangkok, Thailand to groups in Austria, China, Great Britain and South Korea, among others.

Marketable Skills
  • Goal facilitation and fulfillment
  • Exceptional memory capacity
  • Performance under pressure
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical analysis

Music Performance Doctoral Degree Highlights

The Division of Instrumental Studies has 34 full-time resident faculty members and 20 adjunct faculty members drawn from ensembles such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Opera.
Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and nationally and internationally known performers who have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and many others.
We're one of the nation's most comprehensive music colleges and offer opportunities to meet some of the world's top music scholars and artists through specialized lectures and events hosted by various divisions in the college.
Being near Dallas and Fort Worth gives students additional performance opportunities including those with the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Irving, Plano and Richardson.
Our facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear PerformanceHall and the Lyric Theater. Both performance halls, as well as the center's large rehearsal space, have state-of-the-art acoustics.
The College of Music has a rich tradition in music and is attended by talented musicians from all over the world.

Music Performance Doctoral Degree Courses You Could Take

Advanced Issues in Music Research (3 Hrs)
Advanced study of research and writing techniques and their application to proposals and papers, in the context of a selected topic.
Analytical Techniques for Popular Music (3 hrs)
Analysis of materials and techniques in popluar music and related musical genres.
Analytical Techniques I (Ars Antiqua–1700) (3 hrs)
Application of appropriate analytical approaches and methodologies in music written 900–1700.
Analytical Techniques I (1700-1900) (3 hrs)
Application of appropriate analytical approaches and methodologies in music written 1700-1900.
Analytical Techniques I (Post 1900) (3 hrs)
Application of appropriate analytical approaches and methodologies in music written after 1900.
Introduction to Research in Music (3 hrs)
Introduction to research techniques and application.

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