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Graduate programs in ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas prepare students for careers both in academia and the public sector. The curriculum includes seminars on current issues in ethnomusicology, courses in ethnographic field methods, area studies, world music analysis, and ensembles (African Music and Movement, Chinese Music Ensemble, Balinese Gamelan, Latin American Percussion Ensemble, South Asian Ensemble, Steel Band).
During your period of study, you are mentored and encouraged to present scholarly papers at local, national, and international conferences and to submit essays to scholarly journals in the field of ethnomusicology. The culmination of graduate study in ethnomusicology at UNT is a master's thesis (or two-paper option) or doctoral dissertation.
|Common Core (15 hours)|
MUET 5030 - Music Cultures of the World
MUET 5230 - World Music Analysis
MUMH 5010 - Introduction to Research in Music
MUGC 5950 - Master's Thesis (6 hours) or
MUGC 5930 - Research Problem in Lieu of Thesis (6 hours)
|Concentration in Ethnomusicology (22 hours)|
ANTH 5010 - Anthropological Thought and Praxis I (3 hours)
MUET 5210 - Seminar in Ethnomusicology (6 hours)
MUET 5220 – Ethnomusicology Field and Research Methods (3 hours)
MUEN 56xx - Music Ensembles (1 hour)
MUET 5020 - Anthropology of Sound
MUET 5040 - Ethnomusicology Studies Abroad
MUET 5050 - Music of Africa
MUET 5060 - African-American Music
MUET 5070 - Studies in Asian Music
MUET 5080 - Studies in Latin American Music
MUET 5090 - Music of India
MUJS 5430 - Graduate Review of Jazz History
MUMH 5020 - Introduction to Musicology
MUMH 5430 - Music in Latin America
MUMH 5711 - Seminar in Musicology
Revised course requirements approved by the University Graduate Council, September 19, 2019.
Around the finalization of course work, the student will officially request a member from the ethnomusicology area to serve as major professor, register for thesis hours with that professor, and put together an advisory committee. The student must fill in the Designation of Advisory Committee Form, seek the appropriate signatures, and file it with the Office of Graduate Studies. This committee will oversee the writing of the student’s thesis. This committee is typically comprised of three faculty members, including the major professor, a representative of the student’s minor/related field, and at least one additional member (usually is a second ethnomusicologist).
The composition of the committee could be revised at any time by means of the same form. In communication with the major professor and the committee, the student will select a thesis topic, write a thesis proposal and submit it to your committee chair for approval by the committee and ethnomusicology faculty in a timely manner. The Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines provide specific guidelines for this process.
Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass an oral defense of the thesis. This examination will be scheduled after the text has been completed and accepted by the major professor, and before the last day for filing dissertations in the College of Music Graduate Office, as announced in the academic calendar. The examination may be taken no more than three times.
A final version of the complete thesis must be placed in the hands of the major professor no less than a month in advance of the oral examination. A reading copy is due in the College of Music Graduate Office two weeks prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.
As an alternative to the thesis requirement in ethnomusicology, graduate students may write two research essays. If you choose the two-paper option, you must enroll in MUGC 5930 for two semesters. The Master's Two-Paper Option Proposal Form must be completed and submitted to the Division Chair for approval to begin the process. Each essay must have a different advisor, and will be evaluated by a committee of three faculty members: the advisor of paper #1, who will also serve as the instructor of record and Committee Chair; the advisor of paper #2, and a third faculty member. One essay must be a revised and extended research paper generated in a 5000- or 6000-level ethnomusicology class. The other paper may either be from a graduate class or be an independent project. Both papers must be on substantially different topics in the field of ethnomusicology. The committee evaluates both essays, determines what revisions or expansions are needed, and determines when they are ready to be defended, at which time the papers are either approved, approved with revisions, or not approved.
The Doctor of Philosophy Degree with a Major in Music and Concentration in Ethnomusicology requires a minimum of ninety semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Of these ninety hours, at least sixty must be taken at UNT. Thirty hours may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the coordinator of ethnomusicology. A master's degree from an accredited institution usually is accepted in lieu of the first thirty hours. The minimum residence requirement for the doctoral program consists of two consecutive long semesters (fall and the following spring, or spring and the following fall) with a minimum load of nine hours during each term.
It should be understood that the Doctor of Philosophy degree cannot be earned by routine work alone, regardless of accuracy or amount. The degree will be conferred on the basis of mastery of the field of ethnomusicology as a whole and of proven ability to plan and carry out original fieldwork, research and writing with distinction.
|Common Core (36 hours)|
3 hours of MUMH 6XXX
3 hours of MUET 6XXX
MUTH 6680 - Proseminar in Ethnomusicology
MUGC 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation (12 hours)
Related/Minor Field (12 hours)
Electives (3 hours)
Must also have completed Master’s core requirement (15 hours)
|Concentration in Ethnomusicology (24 hours)|
MUET 5020 - Anthropology of Sound
MUET 6010 - Current Issues in Ethnomusicology (12 hours)
MUET 5xxx (6 hours)
World music ensembles from MUET 5xxx (3 hours)
The qualifying examinations are given by request after consultation with your major professor and the area coordinator. You must submit the request in the semester before the exams are to be taken and no later than the end of your third year of study.
The written examination will cover five general areas: (1) history of the discipline; (2) area studies; (3) theoretical focus; (4) related field; and (5) listening identification/analysis. In preparation, you will consult with faculty and develop a bibliography of relevant sources for each area.
Any portion of the qualifying examination that you do not pass must be retaken in the subsequent long semester. If upon a second attempt there are still portions that you have not passed, they must be retaken in the following long semester. You may not take any portion of the exam more than three times.
The exam consists of essays in response to prompts and identification/analysis of listening examples. Plan on three full days for the exams. On days one and two you will be given several prompts and three hours to write the essays. After a break, you will be given a second series of prompts and another three hours to write essays. Approved notes may be used. On the third day you will be given two three-hour time slots to listen to musical examples and to write a response that identifies, analyzes, and contextualizes the musical excerpts.
A ninety-minute oral exam administered by the full area faculty and related-field professor will follow several days later. The oral exam is more than a defense of the written work; it is an opportunity to expand, clarify, and revise answers in order to demonstrate an intellectual flexibility commensurate with doctoral studies.
The student must demonstrate through a written examination competency in a language relevant to literature related to the dissertation research.
The culmination of the doctoral work is a dissertation of appropriate scope, quality and originality. After passing the qualifying exams, students will start working on their dissertation proposals while finishing course work. Once they have finished course work, students will be admitted to candidacy. The student will officially request a member from the ethnomusicology area to serve as major professor, register for one semester of dissertation hours with that professor, and put together a dissertation committee.
The student must fill in the Designation of Advisory Committee Form, seek the appropriate signatures, and file it with the Office of Graduate Studies. This committee will oversee the writing of the student’s dissertation. This committee is comprised of three to five faculty members, including the major professor, a representative of the student’s minor/related field, and at least one additional member (usually a second ethnomusicologist).
The composition of the committee could be revised at any time by means of the same form. In communication with the major professor and the committee, the student will select a dissertation topic, write a dissertation proposal and submit it to the Graduate Academic Degrees Committee (GADCom) for approval. See Requirements for Thesis and Dissertation Proposals for more information.
If it is deemed necessary, the student may be required to define a broader area of study that sufficiently contextualizes the topic. In this case, the student will compile a bibliography on the broader area and schedule a one-hour oral exam. The student’s committee will oversee the exam, during which the student will answer questions on the literature in his/her area as represented by the bibliography.
Upon admission to candidacy, the student must maintain continuous dissertation enrollment (MUGC 6950) each long semester until the dissertation has been completed and accepted by the Dean of the Graduate School. Registration in at least one summer session is required if the student is using university facilities and/or faculty time during that summer session.
Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass an oral defense of the dissertation. This examination will be scheduled after the text has been completed and accepted by the major professor and before the last day for filing dissertations in the College of Music Graduate Office, as announced in the Academic Calendar. The examination may be taken no more than three times.
A final version of the complete dissertation must be placed in the hands of the major professor no less than a month in advance of the oral examination. A reading copy is due in the College of Music Graduate Office two weeks prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.
Master’s and doctoral students wishing to select ethnomusicology as related field must submit a formal application. Applications will be reviewed during long semesters only and will consist of three items:
These materials must be sent to the coordinator via email. Area faculty will then evaluate the application and issue a formal decision of acceptance or rejection. Only once a formal acceptance is officially communicated to the student will he or she be admitted to the related field in ethnomusicology.
The related field in ethnomusicology at the master's and doctoral level requires nine and twelve credit hours respectively. Courses used to fulfill major-field requirements may not be used to fulfill the related-field requirements. Students interested in the related field in ethnomusicology must identify a related-field professor prior to embarking on a program of study.
MUET 5030 - Music Cultures of the World
3-6 hours of MUET 5xxx
0-3 hours of World Music Ensembles