Students in the Music Theory program study the various analytical and compositional procedures of music. They take music theory courses every year, and at least one course in composition. Because of the connections between theory and performance, and the understanding of music gained in performance, theory majors also do practical study every year.
Focusing on musical design of tonal and non-tonal music, the program also deals with perceptual, aesthetic and interdisciplinary studies in such fields as literary criticism, philosophy and cultural studies.
In each year of the program, students are engaged in musical analysis, research paper writing, and/or criticism of the historical and theoretical literature dealing with music. A graduation project in musical analysis, aesthetics or history of theory is an option in fourth year. The Music Theory program is designed to prepare students for further academic study at the graduate level.
More information on the BMus: Music Theory program.