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Music Theory

The Master of Music (MMus) degree in Music Theory is designed to prepare students for a teaching or research career in music theory. Applicants to the program usually have an undergraduate degree in music theory or its equivalent. Graduate music theory majors follow a four-semester curriculum of 36 credits that includes instruction in modern analysis, Schenkerian analysis, history of music theory, and seminars in music theory and music history. An important feature of the curriculum is the flexibility in elective course work appropriate to the interests and needs of the student. Throughout the program, students participate in the department's music theory colloquium. The program includes proficiency examinations in music analysis, ear training, tonal counterpoint, keyboard harmony, score reading, and German reading translation. During the second year, a thesis in music theory is written under the supervision of a music theory faculty member. A comprehensive examination in music theory is taken at the end of the program.

Major in Music Theory

Subject Code Course Description Credits
TH 550 Music: 1900-1950 3
TH 552 Schenkerian Analysis 3
TH 570 Seminar in Theory/Analysis 3
TH 675-676 Music Theory Colloquium 0
TE 600-601 Thesis 6
  Total Credits (Major Area) 15
  Other Studies  
HLM 615 Pro-Seminar in Music History 3
HLM 660 History of Music Theory 3
  Total Credits - Other Studies 6
  Other Courses  
  Electives                                                           15
  Total Credits for Degree 36

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