Master of Music in Music Theory

This degree is designed to prepare the graduate for college-level teaching or doctoral study.

The program includes in-class teaching experience, study and survey of a wide variety of theory texts, and collaboration with a faculty advisor/mentor. Applicants are encouraged to consider studying music theory pedagogy paired with another area (i.e. performance, musicology, conducting, composition, or piano pedagogy).

Active listening, a skill necessary for understanding music and cultivating musical thought, requires musical proficiency: playing an instrument at a moderately accomplished level, score reading, and fluency in keyboard harmony. A theorist must hear what one sees in a score and see in a score what one hears.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelors degree in music (or demonstrated equivalent)
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • 3 credits of 18th- or 16th-century counterpoint
  • 2 credits of orchestration
  • 2 credits of a theory elective
  • 4 credits of music history (equivalent study to Music 2307-2308)
  • 16 credits of applied instruction (or equivalent)

If an applicant does not meet the required prerequisites, then appropriate course(s) may be added to the degree requirements.

Required Courses

8313

Intro to Graduate Study I

2

8314

Intro to Graduate Study II

1

8085

Problems: Music Theory

1-4

8090

Research (Thesis)

4-8

72xx

Music Theory

10-14

73xx

Music History

6

7455

Studio Instruction

5

7xxx-8xxx

Electives**

2

 

Total

34

Additional Requirements

  • Comprehensive Exam General Info
  • See degree specific guidelines on this page to the right
  • The student must assemble a faculty thesis committee and pass an oral examination regarding the thesis.
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than B- may count toward completion of the degree.