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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) - On faculty leave, Fall 2017

Benjamin Brand (Benjamin.Brand@unt.edu) - Interim Chair, Fall 2017

Area Coordinators:
David Bard-Schwarz, Music Theory (David.Schwarz@unt.edu)
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology (Steven.Friedson@unt.edu)
Margaret Notley, Music History (Margaret.Notley@unt.edu)


Upcoming Events and Recent News

"Sowing (Sewing?) the Seeds of Love": The 1967 Beatles' Influence on Tears for Fears
Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Music Building, 321
Popular Music and Today's Academy
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
Recital Hall

How can traditional music programs focused on European art music and jazz integrate popular styles and genres into their curricula? Should we develop new undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in popular music? How can we foster interdepartmental collaboration centered on popular music? Join us for an informal roundtable discussion featuring UNT faculty and alumni who will address these and related questions:

Dr. Frank Heidlberger (moderator)

Dr. John Murphy (UNT), “What do Popular Music Studies Have to Do with Jazz Studies?”

Dr. Mark Spicer (CUNY Graduate Center), “Can the Beatles Save Music Programs?”

Dr. Vivek Virani (UNT), “What is ‘Global Pop Music?”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

On behalf of his retirement last year, Music Theory Professor Dr. Gene Cho received a special recognition from the Provost of the University on February 21, 2017.

In the picture: Josephine Cho, Frank Heidlberger (chair), Gene Cho.

Photo: Jaymee Haefner

Professor Gideon Alorwoyie has been invited to play in New York City for composer Steve Reich’s 80th birthday celebration. Reich travelled to Ghana to study with Gideon in 1970, and his piece Drumming was inspired by this experience.
Prof. Alorwoyie was a child prodigy who became the first master drummer for the Ghana National Dance Company and he is the first African musician to receive tenure at an American university and the first one to become a full professor.
The event will take place December 10, 2016, 7pm, at National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn. For further details, you may visit this link: http://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/event/20a276a00d774346e1154cd712777c34

Faculty Recognition

At the AMS/SMT conference in Vancouver Justin Lavacek received the Emerson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work on Mozart in 2016, from the Mozart Society of America.  His article "Mozart's Harmonic Design in the Secco Recitatives" was published in Theoria 22 (2015).

In addition, David Bard-Schwarz and Timothy Jackson were also recognized. David Lewin’s Morgengruß, co-edited by David Bard-Schwarz and Richard Cohn, received a Citation of Special Merit from the Society of Music Theory. The book From Bach to Brahms, to which Timothy Jackson contributed a chapter, won the Outstanding Multi-Authored Collection Award from the Society for Music Theory.

Also at SMT Vancouver, Ellen Bakulina presented her paper Non-monotonality and Proto-Harmony in Rachmaninoff. Frank Heidlberger presented “What is the History of Music Theory?” – Dahlhaus’s Essay and its Relevance for the Current Understanding of the Discipline, as part of the paper session Carl Dahlhaus on the History of Music Theory. Approaches to a discipline in between Music Theory and Music History. Heidlberger also organized and chaired this session.