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 and Events


The Journal of Musicology has accepted an article by Clare Carrasco titled "The Unlike Pair: Impressionism, Expressionism, and Critical Reception of Schoenberg’s and Schreker’s Chamber Symphonies." This will be the second article by Dr. Carrasco (PhD, 2016) to appear in a major musicological journal.

Paper Presentations

Faculty and graduate students presented at the TSMT (Texas Society for Music Theory) Conference on Feb 22-23 at Texas State Unversity in San Marcos.  

Benjamin Graf presented "Motivic Border-Crossing: Continuity Through Formal Divisions"

David Heetderks presented: "Fractured Tonal Narratives in Early R.E.M."

Stephen Slottow presented: "North American Adaptations of Zen Chanting: Four Strategies"

Brian Anderson presented “Gratuitous Repetition and Formal Function in Scarlatti’s Sonatas”

Bryan Stevens presented “Theorizing Sonata Form from the Margins: The Spanish Keyboard Sonata from 1744 to c. 1790”

Levi Walls presented “Composing out Notre-dame: How Louise Bertin Musically Represents the Hugolian Themes of Fate and Decay in La Esmeralda”  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 4:00pm
Music Building, Room 321

Please join us for Gillian Robertson's lecture "Past, Yearning, and Fantasy: Interpreting Musical Nostalgia" on Wednesday, March 20 at 4:00 pm.  There will be a reception to follow in the Graham Green Room.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 4:00pm
Music Building, Room 321

Jennifer Saltzstein gave her lecture "Power, Privacy, and Performance: The Gendered Song-Space of the Medieval Garden" on Wednesday, February 27th.  

Music & Letters Centenary Prize

Prof. Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden's article "Music as Feminine Capital in Napoleonic France: Nancy Macdonald's Musical Upbringing," received the Music & Letters Centenary Prize for best original article in musicology. The article placed second of six winners in the international competition and will be published in the journal's centenary issue in 2019. Music & Letters is an internationally leading peer-reviewed journal of musicological research published by Oxford. 

Prize announcement: https://academic.oup.com/ml/pages/centenary_anniversary_prize_competition