University of North Texas

College of Music

Music Education


PO Box 311307

3940 N. Elm, Suite G150

Denton, TX 76207

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

In the Division of Music Education, we're dedicated to developing strong leaders in the field.

With individual mentorship and guidance, our Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education prepares you for a career in higher education, capitalizes on your current knowledge and skills and broadens your perspectives through research.

You'll explore a wide range of areas, such as:

  • Pedagogy in practice
  • Philosophical foundations and principles of music teaching
  • Psychology of music
  • Research and measurement
  • Sociology of music

You can also enroll in courses offered by other academic departments to enrich your knowledge base. These courses, chosen in consultation with your advisor, prepare you for the final dissertation and guide you toward expertise in a related area. Our program's advantages over others include the following features.

Doctoral colloquia

Each month, Ph.D. students meet with faculty members to discuss special topics related to career preparation. Through interaction with peers at various stages of degree completion, you can prepare for research presentations at local, state and national conferences. In addition, the monthly colloquium can groom you for interviews and professional networking.

College teaching

Throughout the degree plan, you'll have multiple opportunities to develop teaching skills at the college level. Ph.D. students assist professors teaching undergraduate courses for Music Education majors and undergraduate music courses for non-music majors.

Community outreach

Ph.D. students can take advantage of teaching opportunities in the Early Childhood Music Program (ages 0-5), the Start Up the Band program (ages 10-12), the Adopt a Singer program (ages 11-14) and the New Horizons Senior Band (ages 50+).

Outstanding resources

Our faculty members remain current on trends through various research projects. Research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Instrumental and choral instruction
  • Community music
  • Issues in general music
  • Music in special education
  • Social justice in music education

Faculty members have also published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, written or contributed to textbooks and presented at regional, national and international conferences. They also remain active in music education through community outreach programs.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.

The Toulouse Graduate School offers several professional development workshops, including a Dissertation Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence. The college is vital to the region's arts community, presenting more than 1,000 formal and informal concerts annually. Its facilities include more than 300 practice rooms, seven performance halls, numerous classrooms, rehearsal rooms and computer labs.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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