Teaching Fellowships

In order to qualify for a Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas, a student must have earned a minimum of 18 graduate semester credit hours (SCHs) in the discipline in which the Teaching Fellow is teaching. This typically means that a Teaching Fellowship will be awarded to a DMA candidate only. Whether a teaching discipline satisfies this requirement is determined by the dean of the college/school in accordance with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges standards.  

The deadline for submitting 2024-2025 Teaching Fellowship Application materials for both current and prospective DMA students is February 1, 2025.  

The following application materials must be uploaded to the College of Music Admission site (Acceptd).  Note: Current students will select “Current Music Major Award Application” as your Level, Area, and Program in the Start an Application box beneath the UNT logo.

  • video recording of a lesson, including both vocal exercises and the coaching of repertoire. The teaching video must be between 25-35 minutes in length. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with an advanced high school senior or first or second-year undergraduate student for their sample lesson. Demonstrating basic keyboard abilities in the application video is to an applicant’s advantage since it is not always possible for pianists to be present in lessons.
  • 1-2 page (double-spaced) description of your teaching philosophy
  • current CV
  • cover letter which includes the following information as applicable:  reason for interest in this position, teaching experience, language classes taken, diction classes taken, pedagogy classes taken, other relevant skills including, but not limited to:  instruments played and level of proficiency, languages spoken, experience in theatre craft 
  • CURRENT STUDENTS: After completion of the application, email collegeofmusic@unt.edu to let us know you completed the TF application. You will be required to read poetry excerpts in French, German, and Italian at one of the scheduled audition days for new graduate students.  It is your responsibility to contact the Division Chair to set up a time to do so no later than the due date of the application. 

DMA applicants who are awarded a Teaching Fellowship will be eligible to retain the fellowship for a maximum of the first three years* of their doctoral study.  Current DMA students who are awarded a Teaching Fellow will be eligible to retain the fellowship up through their third year* of doctoral study, i.e., one or two years. *It is assumed these will be consecutive years.

Any absence from assigned teaching duties must be discussed with the chair at least two months before the expected absence. Sometimes opportunities arise unexpectedly, but suitable notice is required so that the integrity of the commitment from the UNT College of Music to our students is maintained.

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