The graduate programs in music theory offer comprehensive professional training in one of the nation’s largest colleges of music. Advanced classroom and online instruction in theory and analysis along with one-on-one advising and a multitude of teaching opportunities prepares students for careers as scholars and professors. UNT’s music theory faculty and graduate students are frequent presenters at regional, national, and international conferences and have published books and articles in leading journals across a spectrum of sub-disciplines with the field.
Support and Professional Experience
As teaching fellows, our graduate students receive mentored teaching experience in undergraduate aural skills and written theory. Auditions include an evaluation of the candidate’s analytical skills, sight-singing and keyboard proficiency, the ability to explain concepts clearly and diagnose student errors, and prior teaching experience.
Professional Journals and Research Assistantships
UNT is home to two specialized journals, both served by graduate research assistants. They are the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, the only journal specializing in Schenkerian analysis, and Theoria: Historical Aspects of Music Theory. The Center for Schenkerian Studies further houses thousands of unpublished analytical sketches, essays, letters, and photographs from early Schenkerians such as Oppel, Novack, Weisse, Forte, and Laufer.