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

MHTE Division, Fall 2016 - Pictured, left to right:

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)

Area Coordinators:
David Bard-Schwarz, Music Theory
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology
Margaret Notley, Music History

For additional information about our programs, please contact Prof. Frank M. Heidlberger, division chair, at

Saturday, September 24: GAMuT Conference

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Upcoming Lectures 2016-2017:

Wednesday, September 14 

Wednesday,October 26
4pm, Music Building Room 321
Francesca Brittan

MHTE Welcomes New Faculty, Fall 2016

Ellen Bakulina (Music Theory), April Prince (Music in General Studies), Vivek Virani (Ethnomusicology/Music Theory), Diego Cubero (Music Theory)

MHTE News Archive (2012-present)

The Graduate Association of Musicologists und Theorists (GAMuT) is a graduate student organization dedicated to providing a forum for the presentation of original research by its members. Recent research presentations have included "From Outward Appearance to Inner Reality: A Brief Journey Through Copland's Inscape," "Dropping the Beat: Formal Devices of Buildups in Trance and House Music," and “Smuggling, Betrayal, and the Handle of a Gun: Death and Autonomy in Two Narcocorridos." In addition, GAMuT offers a forum for discussion of matters relevant to the academic lives of its members and serves as an organized liaison between students and faculty in the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology. Each year, GAMuT publishes a journal, Harmonia, that features papers written by graduate students.

GAMuT, Fall 2016.