Music Theory, M.M.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must provide:

  • A statement of intent that outlines their background, interest in music theory, and career goals.
  • A scholarly paper on music, preferably one with an analytical focus.
  • Applicants whose materials pass an initial screening by the music theory faculty will be invited for an interview that tests sight-reading, dictation, analysis, and keyboard skills. A diagnostic written exam is administered prior to the interview.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 34 credit hours

Core (6 credits)
MUS 602Seminar in Music Research and Writing 3
MUS 706Seminar in Musicology and Ethnomusicology3
Performance (2 credits)
Select 2 credits from PRF-type and/or ENS courses at the 600 level2
Electives (3 credits)
Select 3 credits of electives 13
Select one option from the following: (23 credits) 223
Thesis Option
Major Courses (18 credits)
Pedagogy of Music Theory
Rhythm and Meter
Schenkerian Analysis
Theory and Analysis of Western European Post-Tonal Music and Related Traditions
Current and Historical Trends in Music Theory
Seminar in Musical Analysis
Thesis (5 credits)
Thesis 3
Non-Thesis Option
Major Courses (21 credits)
Tonal Counterpoint
Advanced Analysis of Western European Tonal Music and Related Traditions
Pedagogy of Music Theory
Rhythm and Meter
Schenkerian Analysis
Theory and Analysis of Western European Post-Tonal Music and Related Traditions
Current and Historical Trends in Music Theory
Seminar in Musical Analysis
Document (2 credits)
Document in Music Theory 4
Total Credit Hours34
1

Should be chosen in consultation with the major advisor; MUE 618 Psychology of Music is recommended.

2

For both the thesis and non-thesis options, a comprehensive examination with both written and oral components is required. The thesis or document is to be presented in a public forum.

3

5 credits of MUS 699 are required for the Thesis Option.

4

2 credits of MUS 698 are required for the Non-Thesis Option.