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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

Presser Award

Ethnomusicology PhD student Yuxin Mei has been awarded the Presser Graduate Music Award at UNT for 2018. Yuxin’s scholarly interests involve Chinese music in ensemble settings and the development of instructional materials for Western university faculty that offer techniques and materials for teaching, designing and arranging Chinese music and as well as maximizing rehearsal efficiency for Chinese ensembles.  Her Presser funded project consists of an eight-week itinerary of intensive study and training in Chinese ensemble music with professors from the renowned China Conservatory (Beijing), Xinghai Conservatory (Guangzhou), and Teochew Music Ensemble (Chaozhou) in China during July 2nd to August 27th in 2018.

Sixteen graduate schools of music at accredited colleges, universities and independent institutions of higher education have been invited to present the Presser Graduate Music Award annually with its $10,000 scholarship to an outstanding graduate music student whom they select. The program is designed to encourage and support, in a special way, the advanced education and career of truly exceptional graduate music students who have the potential to make a distinguished contribution to the field of music. The Presser Foundation operates under the will and Deeds of Trust created by its founder, Theodore Presser.  It is one of the few foundations in the United States dedicated solely to the support of music and music education.

FSU Performance

Ethnomusicology PhD student Yuxin Mei was recently invited to perform a concert at Florida State University. She performed a duet with PhD candidate Haiqiong Deng. Click here to watch a video of the performance. Yuxin plays the pipa and Haiqiong plays the zheng.

“The ‘Rhythm Section’ of an African Drum Ensemble: the Case of Agbadza (Ewe, Ghana/Togo)”
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
Music Building Room 321