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:

Interim Division Chair:
Benjamin Brand (Benjamin.Brand@unt.edu)

Area Coordinators:
Justin Lavacek, Music Theory (Justin.Lavacek@unt.edu)
Steven Friedson, Ethnomusicology (Steven.Friedson@unt.edu)
Margaret Notley, Music History (Margaret.Notley@unt.edu)


Recent News

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.

Paper Presentation

Hendrik Schulze (Muisc History) took part at the international conference on J. S. Bach “BACH BEARBEITET: VOR BACH – BACH UND SEINE ZEIT – NACH BACH” at the Bachfest in Tübingen, Germany, October 1-3. The title of his invited presentation was “Die Johann Crüger’schen Choralmelodien und ihre Veränderung durch Bach” (Johann Crüger’s Chorale Melodies and their Adaptation by Bach).

Prof. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden (Music History) had two publications appear in October: a book chapter, “Digital Approaches to Historical Acoustemologies: Replication and Reenactment,” in the collection Digital Sound Studies, edited by Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, and Whitney Trettien (Duke University Press); and an article, “Music, Copyright, and Intellectual Property during the French Revolution: A Newly Discovered Letter from André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry,” published in Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales, a peer-reviewed journal supported and coedited by the École des hautes études en sciences sociales and la Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

She recently presented on a panel about Rethinking Enlightenment and chaired a panel on Recognizing Women's Labor at the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas, and was elected Vice-President of the Society for Eighteenth-Century Music for a 2018–2020 term.

MHTE Lecture Series
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
Music Building, Room 321

Dr. Hettie Malcomson's presented her lecture: "Negotiating Violence and Creative Agency in Commissioned Mexican Narco-Rap” on Wednesday, November 7th.

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.