Master of Music in Music Theory

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.

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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.

This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for college-level teaching or doctoral study. The program includes in-class teaching experience, a survey of a wide variety methodologies, and collaboration with a faculty mentor. Applicants are encouraged to consider studying music theory pedagogy paired with another area (e.g., performance, musicology, conducting, composition, or piano pedagogy).


Associate Teaching Professor, Music Theory
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Music Theory Area Coordinator
307 Sinquefield Music Center
Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Theory
310 Sinquefield Music Center