Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate insight into musical works of moderate complexity through grasp of theoretical concepts.
  2. Convey familiarity and moderate fluency with standard theoretical and analytical concepts.
  3. Utilize theoretical knowledge and insight to initiate substantial scholarly work in analysis, theory, and/or pedagogy.

Required Courses

CONSVTY 5593Introduction To Research And Bibliography In Music3
Music History (Graduate Level)3
CONSVTY 5524BAdvanced Analysis II: 1600-19003
CONSVTY 5524CAdvanced Analysis III: 20th Century to the Present3
CONSVTY 5526AIntroduction to Schenkerian Theory and Analysis3
CONSVTY 5526BSchenkerian Theory and Analysis3
CONSVTY 5591GPedagogy of Music Theory3
CONSVTY 5598Research Problems2
CONSVTY 5599Thesis6
Electives6
Total Credits35

Piano Proficiency Requirement

The Conservatory's undergraduate piano proficiency requirement must be met.

Applied Music Requirement

Successful completion of one of the following is required:

  • If the student qualifies for applied music at the 302 level, then no applied study is required.
  • If the student does not qualify through audition for applied music at the 302 level, then the student must enroll for applied study for three semesters or until the 301 jury is passed.

Foreign Language Requirement

For all masters students in Music Theory, a grade of B- (2.7) or better in a first-semester, sophomore-level foreign language course or C (2.0) work or better in each of two junior-level courses or in one senior-level literature or civilization course is viewed as an adequate demonstration of foreign language skills. Students must study French, German, Italian or Latin unless the substitution of another language is approved by a minimum of two-thirds of the supervisory committee. A language proficiency test, if provided by language instructors or departments, may be substituted for course requirements provided it documents language capabilities equivalent to the previously described courses. In such cases, a letter from the university language professor, describing the process and results, must be forwarded to the Conservatory Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.