Candidates for the master of arts in music theory degree may elect to study:
- Schenkerian analysis
- Theory Pedagogy
- Set Theory
- Contour Theory
- Neo-Riemannian Techniques
- 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.
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.