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Music History and Theory

Music History

Music History is a central and essential component of the undergraduate core course. The five-semester sequence emphasizes listening and analysis to further an understanding of Western music from Ancient Greece to the present day. 

Master of Music students take graduate music history seminars, offered every semester. Topics change from semester to semester and are never repeated two years in succession. Over the course of their Master of Music program students will have 36 seminar topics to choose from. 

Music Theory

The undergraduate core course provides students with the tools to apply an understanding of music theory to their own repertoire and performance. This is achieved through three interrelated course sequences:

  • Ear Training: sightsinging and dictation
  • Time & Rhythm: performance-based group work on pulse, subdivision, and polyrhythm
  • Harmony & Counterpoint
  • Theory & Musicology Electives: analysis, identification and understanding of short-range and long-range harmonic, structural, and formal procedures.

The masters degrees in Composition, Choral Conducting, and Orchestral Conducting each have theory requirements. For all other Master of Music students, graduate theory courses are available as electives.

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