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Back row: Ellen Bakulina, Paul Dworak, April Prince, Vivek Virani, Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, Samantha Inman Middle row: Cathy Ragland, Steven Friedson, Margaret Notley, Diego Cubero, Peter Mondelli, Stephen Slottow, Bernardo Illari, Timothy Jackson, Frank Heidlberger Front Row: Thomas Sovík, Justin Lavacek, David Bard-Schwarz, Benjamin Brand Not Pictured: Hendrik Schulze (on faculty leave)

Welcome to the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology

The Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology is a vibrant contributor to the College of Music. MHTE maintains a full range of academic programs from the bachelor's to the doctorate. In fact, the Ph.D. program, celebrating more than a half-century of activity, was the first in the university. Today more than 70 students are enrolled in its graduate programs.

The division offers the B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music History; the B.M. in Music Theory, the Master of Arts in Music with concentrations in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and musicology with an emphasis in early music performance; the Ph.D. in Music with concentrations in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology.

As a hub of academic activity, the division fosters a wide range of projects and initiatives. Students are encouraged to take advantage of our faculty's vast expertise in historical musicology, theory, and ethnomusicology. Division faculty members have been recognized with significant awards for outstanding teaching, research, service and the promotion of diversity in teaching and across campus. Read More

For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Division Chair:
Frank M. Heidlberger (Frank.Heidlberger@unt.edu)

Area Coordinators:
Justin Lavacek, Interim Coordinator, Music Theory (Justin.Lavacek@unt.edu)
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology (Steven.Friedson@unt.edu)
Margaret Notley, Music History (Margaret.Notley@unt.edu)


Upcoming Events and Recent News

Paper Presentations

Benjamin Graf gave a guest lecture entitled "Schenkerian Theory: A Comparison of Analytical Approaches and Perspectives" at Dallas Baptist University on February 8. He also presented a paper entitled "Unresolved Six-Four Chords in Beethoven" at the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference on February 23-24.

Paper Presentations

Gillian Robertson gave a paper entitled, “Rachmaninoff’s Nostalgic ‘Second’ Movement of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43,” at the Texas Society for Music Theory’s 40th Annual Conference, held at Dallas Baptist University in February. She presented a theoretical framework for interpreting moments of nostalgia in music using Op. 43 as a case study. Gillian will also be presenting the paper later this month in Hattiesburg, MS at the Annual South Central Society for Music Theory Conference.

Presser Award
Monday, February 26, 2018

Yuxin Mei, PhD graduate student in ethnomusicology, has been awarded the prestigious Presser Award from the UNT College of Music. The $10,000 grant will allow her to travel to China to enhance her knowledge as director of the UNT Chinese Music Ensemble, as a scholar and teacher. She will work with prestigious musicians and ensembles in three different regions of the country to learn about and collect new and emerging Chinese ensemble repertoire as well as ancient and representative regional ensemble styles and notation techniques to broaden her own knowledge as well as that of the ensemble. Her long term goal is to create a manual for use by other Chinese ensemble directors in the US.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden has two recent publications. Her article "A Lady-in-Waiting's Account of Marie Antoinette's Musical Politics: Women, Music, and the French Revolution," was published in Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. Her book chapter, "The revolution of Jommelli's objets d'art: Bernard Sarrette's requests for the Bibliothèque du Conservatoire," was published by Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment in Moving Scenes: The Circulation of Music and Theatre in Europe, 1700–1815, a collection edited by Pierre-Yves Beaurepaire, Philippe Bourdin, and Charlotta Wolff. In November, she gave a paper entitled "Music as Feminine Capital in Napoleonic France," at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, New York.

Friday, January 26, 2018

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