Master's Degree in Music Theory
The Master's Degree in Music Theory provides students with the opportunity to engage in deep analytical and interpretive study of music, in dialogue with performance, musicology, cognitive science, pedagogy, new media and other fields. The degree equips students for theory teaching and original research and prepares them for advanced doctoral study. Students benefit from the vibrant and collegial environment of the College of Music with access to elective courses in performance, composition, musicology, music education, music entrepreneurship, musician’s wellness and other fields.
Opportunities for TAships
The College of Music offers merit based aid in the forms of scholarships and teaching assistantships in Music Theory. Teaching Assistants perform various essential duties, including teaching courses related to the undergraduate theory core and in music technology.
Students applying for the Theory Assistantship must fill out this online application to be considered. For information on applying for the Master of Music Theory degree, visit the Theory Application Information page.
An interview in person is highly recommended for those applying for a Theory Assistantship. The interview will include sight-singing, demonstration of keyboard skills (harmonic progressions, simple keyboard textures, etc.), as well as discussion of the applicant’s theory and teaching background. To schedule an interview, please email the Music Theory department chair.