Studies in Music Theory at UMass Amherst range from specialized study for students pursuing M.M., and B.Mus degrees in Music Theory to foundational instruction for all music students. (Admission to the Ph.D. program is currently suspended.)
We also offer General Education courses for the wider UMass community.
Graduate students in Music Theory take a range of introductory and specialized courses and gain extensive teaching experience, working closely with experienced professors. All Master's students majoring in music take graduate courses in music theory, chosen from a wide range of topics. Comprehensive examinations for all graduate students in music include a music-theory component. All undergraduate music majors take five semesters of courses in music theory and four semesters in aural skills (ear training).
Our theory faculty are active teachers and scholars: All teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in the department on a regular basis. All are actively pursuing research agendas, presenting their work at scholarly conferences, and publishing books and articles in a variety of venues. You can read more about our faculty on the Theory Faculty page.