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Music Theory & Composition

Graduate Studies

The University of Tennessee School of Music offers the following graduate programs in Music Theory and Composition:

Master of Music in Music Theory

Master of Music students in Theory take courses in analysis, theory pedagogy, technology, musicology, musical styles and bibliography. The Masters of Music in Theory students an select from two specific tracks:

  1. Theory and analysis track
  2. Theory pedagogy track

The capstone project for the theory and analysis track includes a written thesis on an analytical topic, similar to a scholarly article suitable for a music theory related journal such as the Journal of Music Theory, Theory and Practice, or Music Theory Spectrum. The final thesis for the pedagogy track is a paper similar to one in a more pedagogical journal, such as the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

All graduate students take comprehensive written and aural exams.

Master of Music in Composition

The Master of Music degree in Composition includes courses in analytical techniques, music theory pedagogy, and musicology as well as private composition lessons with the goal of writing a major work for the thesis.

All graduate students take comprehensive written and aural exams.

Certificate Program in Music Theory Pedagogy

The Certificate Program in Music Theory Pedagogy is available to graduate students already in a Masters of Music program at the University of Tennessee. The program consists of 15 hours of coursework in analysis, music technology, music theory pedagogy, as well as a final teaching project. Once finished with the program, students will have the knowledge and practical experience needed to teach high school or undergraduate courses in music theory.


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