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Music Theory

University of North Texas

12 months
30164 USD/year
30164 USD/year
22568 USD/year
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The Division of Music History, Music Theory and Ethnomusicology at the University of North Texas provides advanced instruction and practice that prepares you for a career in music academia and higher education.


Graduate Opportunities

Many of our Music Theory graduates have successful careers as professors or lecturers at colleges and universities in Texas, the U.S. and abroad. Others work with music publishers or in large research libraries.

You'll be mentored to present research at conferences (local, national and international) and publish essays in scholarly journals. The division publishes three refereed scholarly journals:

  • Theoria: Historical Aspects of Music Theory – the only international journal devoted to the history of music theory
  • Journal of Schenkerian Studies – representing an international level of research and analysis
  • Harmonia – a publication run by and featuring the work of our graduate students

University of North Texas is home to the Center of Schenkerian Studies, which boasts a rich collection of unpublished papers and analyses by Schenkerians ripe for discovery and research.

The entire division continues to evolve with growing interest in various fields, most recently in Czech and Central European music, jazz theory and pop-music analysis, to name a few.

International study abroad programs can provide you with an array of learning experiences. We collaborate with institutions and scholars in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America for these opportunities.

The Graduate Association of Musicologists und Theorists (GAMuT) is an active group of graduate students who organize an annual academic conference, publish Harmonia and host regular professional development meetings, faculty and student research presentations and social gatherings.


The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence. It's accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. This accreditation means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

Programme Structure

The program offer course work leading to a Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music with a concentration in Music Theory. You'll be taught by faculty members who've garnered national and international recognition for their research. Our comprehensive curriculum exposes you to:

  • Analytical techniques covering the entire history of Western music practice
  • Applied studies in contrapuntal composition
  • History of music theory with direct study of treatises
  • Music theory pedagogy with on-site involvement in class instruction
  • Special focus seminars on music and psychoanalysis, semiotics, transformational theory, post-tonal theory and others

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic résumé/curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio consisting of two analytical essays
  • Statement of personal interest
  • Three letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30164 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    30164 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30164 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    22568 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22568 USD per year during 12 months.

Estimated expenses for international students will be provided on their immigration documents by the Division of International Affairs.

Living costs for Denton

1036 - 1920 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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