Welcome to the Ethnomusicology Program at the University of North Texas. We are dedicated to the study of music as an integral part of culture, taking the approach that all music cultures are worthy of study. Through fieldwork—conducting interviews; attending, participating in, and observing performances; learning about local history, language and customs; and doing musical analysis—ethnomusicologists study the ways in which individuals learn, create and understand music in different cultural communities, the means by which music is transmitted via both social and media networks, the significance of music revivals, and the impact of new contexts on the style and meaning of music.

We grant the MA and PhD in Music with a Concentration in Ethnomusicology and serve as a related field for majors in other areas (see the Ethnomusicology Handbook for further details). Courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level are open to all students regardless of major. Whether in graduate seminars or in one of the many world music ensembles, the program emphasizes doing ethnomusicology. The curriculum challenges students to engage musical experience in all of its dimensions in preparation for careers in both academia and the public sector.

The Ethnomusicology Program is home to a distinguished faculty, whose professional experience and expertise range from extensive work in the public sector, to specialization in the musics of Latin America, Africa, and India, and includes internationally recognized master musicians from those traditions. Our students have published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at international conferences, and have received significant external grant support, including a 2017 Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Grant. If you are passionate about the study of ethnomusicology, we encourage you to consider joining us at the University of North Texas.



Recent News

Music From Chinese Films
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 8:00pm
Recital Hall, Music Building

The UNT Chinese Ensemble presented their Fall Concert: Music from Chinese Films on Friday, November 30th at 8:00 pm.

Keynote Address

Dr. Steven Friedson will be presenting a keynote address, “The Unbearable Weight of Music: The Intermezzo,” at the University of London for the symposium Liminality and the Cosmologies of Change.

Presented by the UNT African Percussion Ensemble
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm
Voertman Concert Hall

The UNT African Percussion Ensemble Presents: Rhythms and Dances of Africa.  Directed by Prof. Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie.  Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 pm in Voertman Concert Hall.  $5 General Admission. 

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award

Jose Torres, ABD Ethnomusicology, received the prestigious 2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award for his project “El Mariachi Autentico: A Study of Musical Machismo.”

Paper Presentation

Salvador Hernandez, doctoral student in ethnomusicology, presented a paper, "Music as Worldview: Western Art Music, Conflict, and Terror Management Theory," at the College Music Society 2018 National Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Dr. Virani's chapter "Casteism and Cultural Capital: Social and Spiritual Reform through Kabir-Singing in North India" was published in the interdisciplinary volume Songs of Social Protest: International Perspectives, published in September by Rowman and Littlefield.