Music Theory - M.A.
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
The Master of Arts degree in Music Theory is designed to enhance music theory abilities of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. Based on a solid undergraduate music degree, the master's degree further develops abilities in music theory, including analytical, aural, written, keyboard and pedagogical skills. The program further develops breadth and depth in the area of Western music history and literature.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
National Association of Schools of Music
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Goal statement
- Academic paper written in English
- English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
- Minimum 525 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
- Minimum 71 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
- Minimum 74 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.0 IELTS score
- Minimum 50 PTE score
For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods, and communicate results in written and oral formats.
- Demonstrate and apply functional aural, written and keyboard skills.
- Recognize, identify and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
- Communicate knowledge of music theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.
|MUS 58251||PEDAGOGY OF MUSIC THEORY||2|
|MUS 62411||MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS||2|
|MUS 68199||THESIS I 1||6|
|Music (MUS) Electives||4-7|
|Music Theory Electives, choose from the following: 2||9-10|
|HISTORY OF MUSIC THEORY|
|ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES I|
|ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES II|
|SEMINAR IN MUSIC SINCE 1900|
|Music History Electives, choose from the following:||4-6|
|HISTORY OF JAZZ|
|MUSIC FROM WORLD CULTURES|
|MUSIC HISTORY I|
|MUSIC HISTORY II|
|MUSIC HISTORY III|
|MUSIC HISTORY IV|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||32|
All students writing a thesis must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and the student’s major area of study. The final oral examination may be attempted two times.
Selection of music theory course is based on students' result from the theory placement exam. In the case of the exam results placing a student into MUS 41111, the undergraduate course will not count towards the M.A. degree and must be taken in addition to the graduate-level music theory requirements. MUS 61171 and MUS 61172 may be required.