Theory

The School of Music offers a comprehensive course of study in music theory, instructing music students from all areas in all stages of their academic career, undergraduate through doctoral. In theory classes, music students delve beneath a surface appreciation of performance to gain deeper insight into the underlying design of a piece of music. In combination with the knowledge and skill development students receive in their history, composition and performance classes, this theoretical understanding ensures the success of graduating music students.

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In addition to the general theory classes required of all undergraduate music majors, the school offers a bachelor’s degree in music theory that allows students to complete a special research project under the tutelage of a faculty mentor.

The master’s degree in music theory lays a foundation for further graduate study for students interested in pursuing a university teaching career. Small class sizes and seminar formats allow students ample opportunities for collaborative discussion that strengthens analytical skills. From studies in form and Schenkerian analysis to post-tonal topics, our courses are geared toward current research that addresses important developments in the music theory field. Students take an intensive seminar in music theory pedagogy in preparation for a faculty-supervised student teaching experience of entry-level theory courses. Graduates leave well-prepared to enter a competitive PhD program.

Theory Area faculty speak about their research and theory-related topics as part of the school's Fridays w/Faculty lecture series and also invite academics from other universities to speak on special topics.


Degrees


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Faculty

Spring 2021 Senior Theory Electives:

MUSC 4560 (Baroque Counterpoint & Analysis) - Dr. Luke Dahn

MUSC 4565 (Special Topics in Music Theory- Scales: Ancient, Modern, Global, Experimental) - Dr. Paul Sherrill

Spring 2021 Graduate Seminar Offerings:

MUSC 6520 (20th-/21st-Century Analysis I) - Dr. Manuela Meier

MUSC 6536 (History of Western Music Theory) - Dr. Paul Sherrill

MUSC 6550 (Advanced Formal Procedures of the 18th- & 19th-Centuries I) - Dr. Michael Chikinda

Last Updated: 12/7/20