M.A. Music Theory | School of Music | Kent State University

The Master of Arts - Theory degree is designed to enhance music theory abilities of advanced students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. Based on a solid undergraduate music degree, the master’s degree further develops abilities in music theory including analytical, aural, written, keyboard, and pedagogical skills. The program further develops breadth and depth in the area of Western music history and literature. Students are required to write a thesis.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic theory paper written in English
  • Statement of career goals
  • Resumé

Outcomes/Objectives

Analysis

Students analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods and communicate results in written and oral formats.

Practical skills

Students demonstrate and apply functional aural, written, and keyboard skills.

Literature

Students are able to recognize, identify, and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.

Communication

Students are able to communicate knowledge of music theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.

Oral examination

Students defend the thesis in an oral examination before a panel of three or more music theory & composition faculty. Additional examination topics include music theory and music history.

COURSE INFORMATION AND PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FOUND BY VISITING THE UNIVERSITY CATALOG.