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Master of Music in Music Theory

This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced studies in music theory. Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue careers as teachers of music theory-related subjects on the college level and to pursue doctoral study in music theory.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Prior to admission applicants must have an interview with members of the theory faculty and must submit a paper representative of the applicant's capability to undertake graduate study and to engage in research in the field of music.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, and musicology  must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen (MUSC) 510 3
Music Theory Elective Music Theory (MUTH) 500 level  or Mus Gen (MUSC) 520: Styles 3
Musicology Elective Musicology (MUCO) 500 level 3
Theory Courses: 15 hours
Analysis: 6 hours:
       Analytical Techniques MUTH 520 3
       Analytical Techniques of Recent Music MUTH 521 3
Pedagogy: 3 hours chosen from:
       Music Theory Pedagogy: Written skills MUTH 530 3
       Music Theory Pedagogy: Aural Skills MUTH 531 3
Technology: 3 hours chosen from:
       Scoring for Film and Media MUTC 520 3
       Virtual Audio Modeling MUTC 530 3
       Computer Music Transcription* MUTC 540 3
       Computer Projects MUTC 550 3
       Independent Study in Music Technology MUTC 593 3
Theory Electives: 3 hours chosen from:
       Analytical Techniques MUTH 520 3
       Analytical Techniques of Recent Music MUTH 521 3
       Music Theory Pedagogy: Written skills MUTH 530 3
       Music Theory Pedagogy: Aural Skills MUTH 531 3
       Music Theory Practicum MUTH 590 1
       Special Topics in Music Theory MUTH 551 3
Thesis* MUSC 500 6
Non-Theory Music Electives**   3
Total 33
*Can be taken for graduate credit only if not already taken at the bachelors level and if the student does not already has a proficiency in a notation program.
**A maximum of 2 ensemble hours may be counted as music electives.

Counterpoint will be recommended to those students who have not taken a counterpoint class at the undergraduate level.
Note: A course cannot be taken for a requirement and for an elective. Requirements and electives must be two different courses.

Final Requirements

  1. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.
  2. The completion of two scholarly papers (suggested: 5-8k words) on research topics related to music theory. Each paper must be completed as part of credits achieved through the two, 3-credit thesis (MUSC 500) courses. The two papers need not be entirely new research topics; they may stem from course papers or independent study projects.
  3. The successful presentation of one of these scholarly papers.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.

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