Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology

Peter Mondelli

Specialist in nineteenth-century music, French opera, media history, and critical theory.

Prof. Mondelli has taught at UNT since 2012.  His research considers the impact of print culture and bourgeois capitalism on nineteenth-century Parisian opera. Other areas of interest include orality and literacy in late eighteenth-century song, early music and musicology in fin-de-siècle France, and the relationship between music studies and the posthumanities.

BA, Columbia University
PhD, University of Pennsylvania


Mark McKnight

Mark McKnight is Head of the UNT Music Library and also teaches courses in the UNT College of Music Division of Theory, History, and Ethnomusicology, as well as in the College of Information. Prior to his appointment at UNT he was Music and Audiovisual Catalog Librarian at Loyola University in New Orleans. Dr. McKnight is active in the Society for American Music and the Music Library Association, where he has held a number of offices and presently serves as editor of the MLA Technical Reports monographic series.

Justin Lavacek

Justin Lavacek holds a PhD in music theory from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. He has published an approach for interpreting the reshaping of borrowed tenors through creative counterpoint in “Contrapuntal Ingenuity in the Motets of Machaut,” Integral 28/29 (2014-15).  Dr. Lavacek is also author of a book review on Ars nova motets, found in Music Theory Online 22/2 (2016).

Timothy Jackson

Timothy Jackson is a distinguished university research professor of theory with the music history, theory and ethnomusicology division and joined the faculty in fall 1998. Formerly an assistant professor of music at Connecticut College, Jackson received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to College Teachers to complete his book on Tschaikovsky's "Symphony No. 6" for the Cambridge Handbook Series (1999).

Steven Friedson

Steven Friedson is University Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology and head of the ethnomusicology program. A graduate of the University of Washington, he conducted research in Malawi under the auspices of a Fulbright grant. For the past fifteen years he has been working in the Volta Region of Ghana, where he has established a research center on the Guinea Coast.

Diego Cubero

Diego Cubero’s research interests include Schenkerian analysis, Romantic aesthetics and the music of Brahms. His dissertation expands upon the common notion that Brahms’ music sounds autumnal, bringing an important aspect of the composer’s reception history in dialogue with key tenets of Romantic philosophy and with a close analysis of the music.

Deanna Bush

On the College of Music faculty since 1981, Dr. Bush is associate professor and is immediate past coordinator of music history. After receiving bachelor and master of music degrees in performance from the Eastman School, she was awarded a NDEA fellowship and an AAUW fellowship to complete her doctorate at Eastman.

Benjamin Brand

Professor Brand is a specialist in medieval liturgy and plainsong. His articles appear in such journals as The Journal of Musicology, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Early Music HistoryRenaissance Quarterly, and Music and Letters. He has published two books: Holy Treasure and Sacred Song: Relic Cults and their Liturgies in Medieval Tuscany (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, and Symbolism (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (co-edited with David J. Rothenberg).