Graduate Handbook: Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicology

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. 

MA (Concentration in Ethnomusicology)

Course Requirements

  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)
6 hours
selected from
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
3 hours
selected from:
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.

Language Requirement

Before applying for graduation in this degree, the student must pass an examination testing reading knowledge of a field language. This test is administered by the Division faculty once every semester. In order to take this test, students should contact the coordinator of ethnomusicology.

Thesis Phase

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.

Two-Paper Option

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.

PhD (Concentration in Ethnomusicology)

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.

Course Requirements

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)

Qualifying Exams

Each doctoral student is required to pass qualifying examinations in his or her major field and is also required to pass qualifying examinations in a minor or related field.

Language Requirement

Before applying for graduation in this degree, the student must pass an examination testing reading knowledge in either two major Western European languages (preferably French and German) other than English, or one major Western European language and a field language. This test is administered by the Division faculty once every semester. In order to take this test, students should contact the Coordinator of Ethnomusicology.

Dissertation Phase

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.

Related Field in Ethnomusicology (MA, MM, DMA, and PhD)

Application

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:

  • a cover letter including contact information
  • a paper that demonstrates graduate-level writing competency (not necessarily at UNT)
  • a personal statement (300-500 words) addressing ethnomusicological interests and goals

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.

Course Requirements (MM)

The related field in ethnomusicology requires nine credit hours. 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
either 6 hours
selected from:
MUET 5220 - Ethnomusicology Field and Research Methods (recommended)
MUET 5040 - Ethnomusicology Studies Abroad
MUET 5050 - Music of Africa
MUET 5060 - African-American Music
MUET 5070 - Studies in Asian Music
MUET 5090 - Music of India
MUET 5210 - Seminar in Ethnomusicology
or 3 hours selected from
the previous list and 3 hours of:
World Music Ensembles (MUEN 5xxx)

Course Requirements (DMA and PhD)

The related field in ethnomusicology requires twelve credit hours. 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
MUET 5220 - Ethnomusicology Field and Research Methods
either 6 hours
selected from:
MUET 5040 - Ethnomusicology Studies Abroad
MUET 5050 - Music of Africa
MUET 5060 - African-American Music
MUET 5070 - Studies in Asian Music
MUET 5090 - Music of India
MUET 5210 - Seminar in Ethnomusicology
or 3 hours selected from
the previous list and 3 hours of:
World Music Ensembles (MUEN 5xxx)