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College of Music | Graduate Studies

Musicology Handbook

(Revised March 2017)

A. General Information

B. MA with a Concentration in Musicology

C. MA with a Concentration in Musicology and Emphasis in Early Music Performance

D. PhD in Music with a Concentration in Musicology


A. General Information

1. Admissions

Students must fulfill all admission requirements specified on the UNT College of Music Admissions Website.

2. Entrance Exams and Transcript Evaluations

All incoming graduate students must take the Graduate Placement Examinations in Music History and Music Theory during orientation week of their first semester. Certain exceptions apply. Click here for more information.

Transcript evaluations are conducted by the area coordinator of Music History, who evaluates applicant’s prior college transcripts; the assignment of leveling courses based on the transcript evaluation will be communicated to the applicant through email. Students must enroll in review courses assigned on the basis of the GPE and leveling courses assigned on the basis of the transcript evaluation in the first semester in which these courses are available.

Neither review nor leveling courses may not be counted toward the degree plan.

3. Assistantships, Fellowships, and Other Financial Aid Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships may be available to students depending on the needs of the Music History Area. Usually, assistantships are offered at the time of admission, as part of financial aid packages. Students interested in applying for one of these awards should communicate with the music history coordinator. 

For doctoral students only, a limited number of Teaching Fellowships are also available on a competitive basis. In order to be eligible for these fellowships, students must have completed their coursework and have passed their qualifying examinations. 

Students awarded assistantships or fellowships must be in good standing and make satisfactory progress on their degree plan.

Duration of Awards

Under normal circumstances, master’s students are eligible for up to two years of funding from teaching assistantships from the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology. Doctoral students are eligible for up to five years of funding from teaching assistantships or fellowships from the Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology. The years of funding that master’s students receive at UNT are counted toward the five-year limit if they continue working as doctoral students in this university. In some cases, and if awards are available, it may be possible for students to be awarded additional years of support. Interested students should contact the music history coordinator.

Academic Achievement Scholarships

Academic Achievement Scholarships (also from the Toulouse Graduate School) provide $ 1,000 scholarships newly admitted doctorals tudents and allow recipients to be eligible for in-state tuition. Click here for more information.

4. Faculty Mentor and Degree Plan

The music history coordinator will assign a faculty mentor to each student admitted to the graduate programs in the area. This mentor will assist the student in choosing courses and in planning a concrete way to fulfill degree requirements.

Students should consult with their faculty mentor as they prepare a tentative plan to meet the degree requirements. The student must submit this degree plan, approved by the faculty mentor, to the College of Music Graduate Studies Office by the completion of twelve hours of study (usually at the end of the student’s first year). (Click here for the MA Degree Plan and here for the PhD Degree Plan.) All changes to the degree plan must be submitted in writing on the Graduate Degree Plan Change Form approved by the faculty mentor or major professor and the Director of Graduate Studies.

Degree requirements are determined by the Graduate Catalog in force at the time the degree plan is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Degree plans may not be filed in the term/semester a student plans to graduate.

5. Additional Information
Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Lecture Series

Students must attend all lectures presented in the Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Lecture Series during each long semester of full-time enrollment (9 hours).

Evidence of Satisfactory Progress

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must have no grade lower than B in courses in the major field. Students not meeting this standard will be placed on probation. Students not fulfilling the conditions of probation may be dismissed from the program.

GAMuT: The Graduate Association of Musicologists and Theorists

Students are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled meetings and events of GAMuT, the Graduate Association of Musicologists and Theorists. These events are open to the public.

6. Important Contacts

Dr. Margaret Notley, Music History Coordinator, 565-3751

Dr. Frank Heidlberger, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology, 565-8724

Mr. Sebastian Zaberca, Administrative Assistant, Division of Music History,Theory, and Ethnomusicology, 565-8724

Dr. Benjamin Brand, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr. Colleen Conlon, Graduate Academic Advisor, 565-2930

Ms. Devyn Dougherty, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, 565-3721


B. MA with a Concentration in Musicology

The MA with a concentration in musicology is a 35-hour degree with thesis, including a common core (15 hours), specific requirements (20 hours) and additional requirements.

1. Common Core (15 hours)

MUMH 5010 - Introduction to Research in Music (3 hours)

MUGC 5950 - Master's Thesis (6 hours)

3 hours selected from

MUTH 5355 - Analytical Techniques I (Ars Antiqua–1700)

MUTH 5360 - Analytical Techniques II (1700–1900)

MUTH 5370 - Analytical Techniques III (Post 1900)

3 hours selected from

MUCP 5080 - Composition Seminar

MUET 5030 - Music Cultures of the World

MUMH 5711 - Seminar in Musicology

MUTH 5680 - Proseminar in Music Theory

2. Requirements Specific to the Concentration in Musicology (20 hours)

MUMH 5020 - Introduction to Musicology (3 hours)

MUEN 5530 - Early Music Ensembles (or other ensemble; see below) (2 hours)

9 hours selected from

MUMH 5110 - History of Opera (3 hours)

MUMH 5331 - Western Music History, 750–1400 (3 hours)

MUMH 5332 - Western Music History, 1400–1600 (3 hours)

MUMH 5333 - Western Music History, 1600–1700 (3 hours)

MUMH 5341 - Western Music History, 1700–1800 (3 hours)

MUMH 5342 - Western Music History, 1800–1900 (3 hours)

MUMH 5343 - Western Music History, 1900 to the Present (3 hours)

MUMH 5430 - Music in Latin America (3 hours)

MUMH 5440 - Music in the United States (3 hours)

and others with the permission of the music history coordinator

6 hours selected from

MUED 6580 - College Teaching of Music Courses (3 hours)

MUET 5030 - Music Cultures of the World (3 hours) or

MUET 5220 - Ethnomusicology Field and Research Methods (3 hours)

MUTH 5355 - Analytical Techniques I (Ars Antiqua–1700) (3 hours) or

MUTH 5370 - Analytical Techniques III (Post 1900) (3 hours)

MUCP 5180 - Secondary Composition (3 hours)

3. Additional Requirements
Language Requirement

Before applying for graduation in this degree, the student must pass an examination testing reading knowledge of one major Western European language other than English. This test is administered by the musicology faculty once every semester. In order to take this test, students should contact the music history coordinator.

Thesis Phase

Around the finalization of course work, the student will officially request a member from the musicology area to serve as major professor, register for thesis hours with that professor, and put together an advisory committee. The student must submit the Committee Designation Form with the appropriate signatures to the Graduate Studies Office. This committee will oversee the writing of the student’s thesis. This committee comprises a minimum of three faculty members including the major professor. The composition of the committee can be revised at any time by means of the same form.

In communication with the major professor and the advisory committee, the student will select a thesis topic, and write a thesis proposal. After the proposal has been approved by the major professor and advisory committee, the student must submit the proposal with the Application for the Approval of the Master's Thesis Proposal Form to the music history coordinator for approval by the faculty of the Music History Area. Specific guidelines for proposals appear here.

Before the degree is granted, the candidate must pass an oral defense of the thesis conducted by the advisory committee. The oral defense may be scheduled no sooner than one month after a complete draft of the thesis has been submitted to the major professor. It may occur only if the major professor has approved the draft. The examination may be taken no more than three times. Following the approval of the thesis by the entire committee at the defense, the thesis must be submitted to the College of Music Graduate Studies Office no less than two weeks prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.

4. Performance Laboratories and Ensembles

Participation in two semesters of laboratory or ensemble is required for all master’s degree students. Laboratories include a cappella choir, chamber choir, concert choir, men’s chorus, women’s chorus, grand chorus, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, marching band, jazz labs and accompanying.

Ensembles available for graduate student participation include opera theater, collegium musicum, chamber orchestra, wind ensemble, brass choir, trumpet choir, horn choir, trombone choir, tuba-euphonium ensemble, flute choir, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, marimba ensemble, African ensemble, Gamelan ensemble, electric and acoustic guitar ensembles, NOVA ensemble, and smaller string, woodwind, brass, harp and jazz chamber ensembles.

Credit (1 semester hour) may be earned by enrolling in

MULB 5171 - Large Ensemble: Choir

MULB 5172 - Large Ensemble: Orchestra

MULB 5173 - Large Ensemble: Band

MULB 5174 - Large Ensemble: Jazz Lab Band

MULB 5175 - Large Ensemble: Accompanying


C. MA with a Concentration in Musicology and Emphasis in Early Music Performance

Applicants to this program must both turn in all of the requirements for the MA with a Concentration in Musicology and schedule an audition at the level of a senior recital of the Bachelor in Music.

The MA with a concentration in musicology and emphasis in early music performance is a 37-hour degree with thesis, including the common core (15 hours, listed above), plus the following additional requirements:

MUMH 5020 - Introduction to Musicology (3 hours)

MUMH 5610 - Ornamentation and Improvisation, 1500-1800 (3 hours)

MUEN 5530 - Early Music Ensembles (2 hours)

MUAC 5332 - Early Instruments (4 hours, 2 semesters at concentration level)

MUAG 5701 - Master's Recital (1 hour)

9 hours selected from

MUMH 5331 - Western Music History, 750–1400 (3 hours)

MUMH 5332 - Western Music History, 1400–1600 (3 hours)

MUMH 5333 - Western Music History, 1600–1700 (3 hours)

MUMH 5341 - Western Music History, 1700–1800 (3 hours)

MUMH 5342 - Western Music History, 1800–1900 (3 hours)

MUMH 5343 - Western Music History, 1900 to the Present (3 hours)

MUMH 5430 - Music in Latin America (3 hours)

MUMH 5440 - Music in the United States (3 hours)

and others with permission of the coordinator for the music history area

Additional Requirements

The language requirement is the same as for the MA in musicology stated above.

The thesis project (see above for general requirements) includes a required recital, organized around a topic, and a related research paper.


D. PhD in Music with a Concentration in Musicology.

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree with a Major in Music and Concentration in Musicology requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Of these 90 hours, at least 60 must be taken at UNT. Thirty hours may be transferred from other institutions with the approval of the coordinator of music history. A master's degree from an accredited institution usually is accepted in lieu of the first 30 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 9 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 music as a whole and of proven ability either to plan and carry out an original investigation with distinction.

1. Degree Requirements: Overview

Students in the PhD program must have completed the Master's core requirement (15 hours).

Requirements include a common core (36 hours), requirements specific to the Concentration in Musicology (24 hours), and additional requirements.

2. Common Core (36 hours)

MUGC 6950 - Doctoral Dissertation (12 hours)

3 hours of MUMH 6XXX

3 hours of MUET 6XXX

Related/Minor field, 12 hours

Elective, 3 hours (selected in consultation with the appropriate advisor)

MUMH 5711 - Seminar in Musicology (3 hours)

Must also have completed Master’s core requirement (15 hours)

Requirements Specific to the Concentration in Musicology (24 hours)
18 hours selected from

MUMH 6000 - Notation of Polyphonic Music, 1200–1500

MUMH 6720 - Medieval Music

MUMH 6730 - Renaissance Music

MUMH 6740 - Baroque Music

MUMH 6750 - Classical Music

MUMH 6760 - Music of the Romantic Era

MUMH 6770 - Music of the Twentieth Century

MUMH 6080 - Chamber Music

MUMH 6160 - Major Composers

MUTH 6660 - History of Music Theory I

MUTH 6670 - History of Music Theory II

MUTH 6700 - Analytical Systems I (1700–1900)

MUTH 6710 - Analytical Systems II (Post 1900)

3 hours selected from

MUEN 5530 - Early Music Ensembles

Other ensembles can be substituted for early music, upon petition to the music history coordinator.

3. Additional Requirements
Review Courses

The assignment of review courses for doctoral students will not exceed 6 hours of music history and 2 hours of music theory. A grade of B or better must be earned in each undergraduate or graduate course assigned as a review courses.

Introduction to research

Entering PhD students must have passed an introductory course to music research at the master's level equivalent to MUMH 5010 (Introduction to Research in Music). Otherwise, the student will be required to take this class no later than the second semester of graduate work. Hours earned do not count toward the degree.

Qualifying examinations

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 related field. Click here for detailed information regarding the qualifying examinations in music history.

Proficiencies

Students must demonstrate three sets of proficiencies: languages, research, and related (or minor) field. Information about all proficiencies is available here (under “Proficiencies”).

Related Field or Minor Field

The related field (within the College of Music) or minor field (a course of study outside the College of Music) must comprise at least 12 credit hours of study. The course of study and method of evaluation for the related or minor field will be determined by the faculty in that area. If degree credit is to be given for applied music, the student must pass the master's-level entrance audition in performance prior to enrollment for these credit hours. The student who does not pass or take the audition may study applied music, but this credit will not count toward the 60 hours required for the degree.

Dissertation Phase

The culmination of the doctoral work is a dissertation of appropriate scope, quality and originality.  After passing the qualifying exams and demonstrating the required proficiencies, 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 musicology 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 Committee Designation 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 music historian).  The composition of the committee can 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. Specific guidelines for this process are available here.

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. The oral defense may be scheduled no sooner than one month after a complete draft of the dissertation has been submitted to the major professor. It may occur only if the major professor has approved the draft. The examination may be taken no more than three times. Following the approval of the dissertation by the entire committee at the defense, the dissertation must be submitted to the College of Music Graduate Studies Office no less than two weeks prior to the Toulouse Graduate School submission deadline.