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.
We offer course work leading to a Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music with a concentration in Music Theory. You'll be taught by faculty members who've garnered national and international recognition for their research. Our comprehensive curriculum exposes you to:
You'll be mentored to present research at conferences (local, national and international) and publish essays in scholarly journals. The division publishes three refereed scholarly journals:
UNT is home to the Center of Schenkerian Studies, which boasts a rich collection of unpublished papers and analyses by Schenkerians ripe for discovery and research.
The entire division continues to evolve with growing interest in various fields, most recently in Czech and Central European music, jazz theory and pop-music analysis, to name a few.
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 graduate students who organize an annual academic conference, publish 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. 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).
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 a large variety of 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.
You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School® and complete the College of Music's admissions process. The college's admissions process is outlined at our website. Required materials include:
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.
Several types of competitive financial assistance programs are available to help you earn your graduate degree. They are:
All grants are subject to changes and may not be available to all applicants. Please contact us for more information.
Information about federal financial assistance programs is at the Financial Aid website.
Daniel J. Arthurs, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Schenkerian analysis; jazz.
Gene Cho, Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Music theory pedagogy; history of equal temperament; music and culture of China and Japan.
Diego Cubero, Lecturer; Ph.D., Indiana University. Schenkerian analysis; 19th-century music; Romantic aesthetics; Brahms.
Paul Dworak, Professor; Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University. Computer analysis of recordings of musical performance; timbral analysis in Messiaen and Debussy; music cognition; the use of computers in learning.
Frank Heidlberger, Professor and Division Chair; Dr. phil., Dr. habil., Universität Würzburg (Germany). Late 16th- and early 17th-century Italian instrumental music; 19th- and 20th-century music theories; studies on Weber, Berlioz, Meyerbeer, Liszt, Strauss, Hindemith and Krenek; music and media.
Samantha Inman, Lecturer; Ph.D., Eastman School of Music. Form; Schenkerian analysis; Haydn.
Timothy Jackson, Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Center for Schenkerian Studies; Ph.D., City University of New York. 19th- and 20th-century music; Schenkerian theory; studies of Nazism and classical music.
Justin Lavacek, Lecturer; Ph.D., Indiana University. Early music; counterpoint; Schenkerian analysis; musical meaning.
David Schwarz, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Contemporary issues in music theory; cultural studies; semiotics; post-Lacanian psychoanalysis.
Stephen Slottow, Associate Professor; Ph.D., City University of New York. American traditional music; the American ultramodernists; atonal theory; Schenkerian analysis.
Thomas Sovik, Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Music theory history in central Europe during the Medieval and Renaissance eras; popular music in American culture.
Music Building, Room 1004
Frank Heidlberger, Division Chair and Professor