Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
Credit Hours:

60 (with prior M.S.)90 (with prior B.S.)
Join us in bringing transformative musical experiences to the campus and larger community through creative and collaborative research, teaching and performances.
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. Special topic seminars are available, such as Opera studies, Music in Vienna around 1900 or on how to prepare a Critical Music Edition.

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Why earn a degree in Musicology?

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.

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
Marketable Skills
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Music editing, copying, transcribing, arranging
  • Public event management
  • Book/journal editing, creating, promoting
  • Advance data collection, analysis, and interpretation

Musicology Ph.D. Highlights

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.
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, while teaching assistants contribute to a class taught by a professor through technical management or lab-teaching and review.
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.
Musicology students have collaborated in editing works by Claudio Monteverdi, which have been published by the distinguished German publisher Bärenreiter.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Musicology?

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.

Musicology Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Music History Pedagogy (1.5 hrs)
Approaches to teaching in the music history classroom, including syllabi, innovative pedagogy, and teaching portfolio. Taught by specialists in the field.
History of Music Theory I (3 hrs)
Theoretical systems and treatises from antiquity to the late 15th century and analysis of related compositions.
Introduction to Musicology (3 hrs)
Critical assessment of current issues, methodologies and themes in musicological research.
History of Opera (3 hrs)
In-depth examination, at the graduate level, of selected topics in the history of opera.
Western Music History, 1900 to the Present (3 hrs)
Current historical, analytical and methodological issues regarding music, 1900 to the present. Combination of lectures, source study and writing.
Proseminar in Musicology (3 hrs)
Practical application of musicological techniques to selected research.

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