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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Lamont School of Music

Graduate

Master of Arts Degrees

The Lamont School of Music offers master of arts degrees in the following areas:
Music Theory | Musicology

Master of Arts in Music Theory

Candidates for the master of arts in music theory degree may elect to study:

  • Counterpoint
  • Schenkerian analysis
  • Theory Pedagogy
  • Set Theory
  • Serialism
  • Contour Theory
  • Neo-Riemannian Techniques
  • Chaos
  • New approaches to rhythm and texture
  • Model composition in the styles of composers from the 12th century to the present.

Theorists also benefit from courses offered by the remainder of the Department of Musicology | Ethnomusicology | Theory, a number of which are composer-based. The thesis is written under close supervision of a faculty mentor.

To learn more, please contact Professor Kristin Taavola, Theory Coordinator, at Kristin.Taavola@du.edu.
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Master of Arts in Musicology

Committed to fostering critical thinkers and writers, the master of arts in musicology offers a wide range of courses in classical and vernacular Western and non-Western music. Courses focus on the study of music in its historical, analytical and cultural contexts. Master's theses may focus on topics drawn from a variety of sub-disciplines, including historical musicology, popular music studies, jazz history and ethnomusicology.

Master's candidates may also pursue a dual degree with the master of music in performance.

To learn more, please contact Professor Sarah Morelli, Chair of the Department of Musicology | Ethnomusicology | Theory, at sarah.morelli@du.edu.
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