About the Ethnomusicology Area
The ethnomusicology area is dedicated to the proposition that all music cultures are worthy of academic study and research, which includes active participation in music making. Students are exposed to different musical systems and how they function in their cultural setting. Ethnomusicology faculty team with members of the Global Music Faculty Consortium to offer performance ensembles and classes on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Performance ensembles include the South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble, the Afro-Cuban/Brazilian Ensemble, and the gamelan. Although an undergraduate major is not offered, the division offers the MM in musicology with an emphasis in ethnomusicology. This rigorous plan of study prepares students for admission to outstanding doctoral programs in ethnomusicology at other institutions. The area offers the Master of Arts in Music with a Concentration in Ethnomusicology.

Graduate Admissions Note:
Incoming graduate students are advised to take Anthropology 5000 online the summer prior to their matriculation at UNT.


March, 2014

The regional chapters of the American Musicological Society (AMS-SW) and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM-SP) will join their conferences on April 5-6, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin. Click here for the conference program. Click here for the conference website.

Ethnomusicology student Yuxin Mei will present the paper “The Houston Chinese Traditional Music Group: Negotiating Decades of Change in America” at the American Musicological Society Southwest Chapter Bi-Annual Meeting (held at The University of Texas at Austin, April 5-6, 2014).

January 2014
UNT College of Music Co-Sponsors Czech/Tex-Mex Accordion Show in San Antonio

Press Release:

"Music fans can still ring in the New Year with the sound of Czech and Tex-Mex accordions on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00pm - 9:30pm at La Tuna Grill located at 100 Probandt Street in San Antonio. No cover, but donations will be graciously accepted to support the International Accordion Festival happening September 13&14, 2014. For one night only, Moravská Jedenáctka (the Moravian Eleven) an 11-member ensemble from the Czech Republic will go “mano a mano” with local Tex-Mex band Conjunto Puro Corazón. The Moravian Eleven are in Texas for a mini-tour of the state’s Czech strongholds (Houston, Dallas, Denton Ennis, West, Caldwell, La Grange) and they are making a special stop in San Antonio for a taste of Tex-Mex music, food and fun. The Moravian Eleven's blitz through Texas is sponsored by the Czech Educational Foundation of Texas and the University of North Texas, College of Music."


April 2013

UNT graduate students in Musicology and Ethnomusicology presented papers at the annual Society for Ethnomusicology-Southern Plains regional chapter meeting at SMU in Dallas on Saturday, April 6. Presenters included: Kate Jewett-Williams, “Deep Ellum: Music’s Role in Changing Urban Spaces”; Adam La Spata, “A Canon Shot Heard ‘Round the World: Representation of World Music in Music Appreciation Textbooks”; and Andrea Recek, “Music as Ritual: Balinese Gamelan Gong Kebya."

Left: Members of the UNT Global Music Faculty Consortium not only study together; we also enjoy a good party as this photo of Master Drummer Professor Gideon Alorwoyie and Dr. John Chernoff, author of African Rhythm and African Sensibility, demonstrates. The long-time colleagues were reunited on April 18, 2009 at the division's Goat Barbeque, hosted by Steven Friedson, on the occasion of the meeting of the Southern Plains Chapter for Ethnomusicology that weekend. John Chernoff 's keynote address was followed by a performance of the African Percussion and Dance Ensemble.