Master of Music in Theory



The Master of Music in Theory is designed to give students a solid grounding in music theory and analysis, preparing them for further study at the doctoral level.

Program Highlights

  • Students take courses in Schenkerian analysis, post-tonal theory, theory pedagogy, and other topics.
  • Two-year program culminates in a thesis focusing on a particular subject in music theory or analysis. 
  • Numerous opportunities for extensive one-on-one study with individual faculty members.
  • Additional coursework in composition and/or performance is available.

Additional Application Materials

In addition to materials requested on the on-line application, prospective Theory students are required to submit an analytical paper that demonstrates strong writing skills and analytical insight. This paper should be from the past three years, preferably from your undergraduate music program. Detailed instructions for the additional materials are included in the online application. Please begin the application process and contact the Area Coordinator if you have questions.

Theory Faculty

Dr. Stephen Brown, Music Theory (Coordinator)
Dr. Bruce Reiprich, Composition/Music Theory
Dr. Jennifer Russell, Music Theory
Dr. Tim Smith, Music Theory