Well-rounded Degree, Superior Career Training
Our Doctor of Arts in Music with Music History and Literature emphasis provides you with first-rate preparation for faculty positions—and makes a strong impression on hiring committees. UNC gives you the opportunity to work with preeminent music historians and educators who offer strong guidance and mentorship. You’ll get exceptional professional training for a faculty career, including hands-on experience as a college teacher.
UNC’s Music History and Literature D.A. program stands out for its high standards of scholarship and rigor. You’ll have wide latitude to focus your research on topics that meet your academic interests and advance your career goals. And you’ll belong to vibrant community of nearly 500 extraordinary young musicians, with the ability to perform compositions from almost any period of music history, anywhere in the world.
D.A. in Music: Music History and Literature Concentration
The D.A. in Music: Music History and Literature requires 67 to 71 credits. Work closely with a faculty advisor to select a course program and research focus, with wide latitude to specialize in areas that fit your interests. You’ll take coursework in college pedagogy and complete a supervised practicum in college teaching. The degree concludes with a doctoral dissertation based on original research.
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UNC graduates enter the faculty job market with an extremely well-rounded set of professional skills. You’ll excel as a researcher, writer, performer and college-level education, with strong teaching skills that few faculty candidates possess. UNC’s School of Music has a national reputation as training ground for music teachers and scholars, so you’ll approach employers with a highly regarded credential that can open doors for your career.
Consider UNC's Music History and Literature D.A. if you want to:
- Teach music history and literature at a university or college
- Produce first-rate research and writing
- Integrate scholarship with live performance
- Train with some of the nation’s preeminent music historians
- College-level teaching
- Music history and literature from multiple cultural periods
- College Teaching
- Analytical Studies in Music
- Music in the Renaissance
- Introduction to Doctoral Research
Professor of Music History and Literature
Jonathan Bellman can find worthwhile themes in almost any form of music—be it classical compositions, the work of George Gershwin, Gypsy music, or his son’s high school production of Cats. His most recent book, Chopin’s Polish Ballade: Op. 38 as Narrative of National Martyrdom (2009), achieved wide acclaim for its thorough research, originality, and deep dive into the cultural and political roots of Chopin’s compositions.
After earning his doctoral degree from Stanford in 1990, Bellman joined the UNC faculty in 1993. One of his early works explored the influence of Hungarian folk music (or “style hongrois”) on the work of classical composers such as Brahms. He has written three books and a wide range of articles and reviews for the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Nineteenth-Century Music, Early Music, The Journal of Musicology, and other publications.
An accomplished pianist, Bellman still performs occasionally, often with a focus on musical history or research. In 2009 he premiered a “lost composition” originally written in 1833 by Felix Mendelssohn and Ignaz Moscheles. He is a winner of the A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Award (2011).
UNC's Music History and Literature D.A. program offers a wide range of opportunities to share your research beyond the UNC campus. Our doctoral students have an excellent record of academic publishing, with articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Early Music,Pendragon Review, Journal of Musicological Research, Choral Journal, and ITA Journal. You can also attend meetings and make presentations at conferences and meetings, including the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society.
Where can your degree take you?
- College or university faculty in music history and literature
- Performing or conducting, with focus on historical composers and genres
- Research and writing
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