The study of music theory centers on interpretative acts that range from the conceptual to the practical. Our program is designed to engage students in the scholarly and pedagogical aspects of the discipline.
At the University of Missouri, we invite students to explore the many ways of understanding music. Our scholars engage in active listening, vibrant discussions, and thoughtful analysis through compositions, collaborative presentations, and research projects. The skills gained through these activities are essential for those who wish to pursue careers in education, performance, composition, or the academic study of music.
The School of Music offers a comprehensive range of music theory courses for non-majors, music minors, and those majoring in music at the undergraduate or graduate level. In addition, two theory degrees are offered: a BM in Music Theory and a MM in Music Theory. These specialized degrees provide our scholars with the skills to successfully teach music theory in a variety of educational settings and the foundation for further study at the master’s or doctoral level.