May 18, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Music Theory - MM

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Degree Title and Name:  Master of Music in Music Theory

Program Name and Number:  Music Theory – MM5184

Department/Unit:  School of Music

Term(s) of Entry:  Fall, Spring

Program Overview:  The graduate program in Music Theory is intended for those students whose interest in music theory leads them to desire to teach and perform research at the college or university level. The program is designed to prepare students for further work at the Ph.D. level in the field. This M.M. can be completed within one academic year, but it is recommended that students allow two full years.

Program Learning Outcomes:  In successfully pursuing an Ohio University Master of Music degree, students will

  1. Develop advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization.
  2. Demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty.
  3. Produce a final project or equivalent reviewed by more than one faculty member.

Opportunities for Graduates: The master’s in Music Theory is required for most Ph.D programs in the field. The Ph.D. is now a minimum requirement for entry into college-level teaching.

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Graduation Requirements:   This program requires a minimum of 30 hours for graduation.

  • Music Theory Core – 16 credits
    • MUS 5020 - Intro to Schenkerian Analysis (4.0 Hours)
    • MUS 5030 - Post-tonal Analysis (4.0 Hours)
    • MUS 5040 - Theory Pedagogy (4.0 Hours)
    • MUS 6100 - Theory Seminar (2.0 Hours)
    • MUS 6950 - Thesis (3.0 Hours)
  • Music History & Literature – 10 hours
    • MUS 6200 - Hist/Theory Seminar (2.0 Hours)
    • MUS 6310, 6320, 6330, or 6340 (choose two) (8.0 Hours)
  • Thesis – 4 hours

Culminating Experience: Students’ culminating experience will be to complete either a thesis or a clinical project.

Admission Requirements:  The candidate must schedule a personal interview with members of the music theory faculty, during which the candidate will be asked to 1) demonstrate functional keyboard facility sufficient to perform examples in chorale texture and brief examples from the literature at an intermediate skill level; and 2) demonstrate an ability to sight sing and identify chords, intervals, and take melodic and harmonic dictation. Additionally, an essay of approximately 1200 words, preferably including music analysis, is required.

International Students:  This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.  

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