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    Jul 14, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Theory, BM (no longer accepting students)

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This programs is no longer accepting students.

The Bachelor of Music in with a major in music theory is designed for students who are interested in the theoretical and analytical bases of music. The purpose of the program is to provide students with a solid and well-rounded foundation in understanding, analyzing and comparing the melodic, harmonic and formal structures of the styles of Western music, and to put them into appropriate historical context, and to prepare students for advanced study at the master’s and doctoral level in music history.

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Degree requirements

The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Music with a major in music theory.

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 128 hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Other course requirements

Minor requirements

24 hours in applied music, including:


6 hours.

Other requirements

  • All non-keyboard majors must enroll in secondary piano each long term/semester until proficiency is passed.
  • Candidates must pass the Concentration Proficiency Examination in the principal instrument or voice.
  • Theory major candidates must complete the following with a B average and no grade lower than a C: MUTH 1400 MUTH 1410 MUTH 1500 MUTH 1510 MUTH 2400 MUTH 2410 MUTH 2500 MUTH 2510 .
  • Complete all remaining theory courses with no grade lower than a B: MUTH 3410 MUTH 3420 MUTH 3510 MUTH 4370 MUTH 4520 MUTH 4920 MUCP 3090 MUCP 4310 .
  • All music theory majors are expected to attend division events, including the MHTE lecture series (Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.), hosted conferences, and departmentals (once to twice per semester). Failure to attend these events may result in removal from the program. Exceptions must be approved in advance by the area coordinator.

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