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College of the Arts
School of Music

E101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172
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The Master of Arts in Music Theory allows further study of musical analysis, pedagogy, history and teaching skills. An in-depth thesis requirement emphasizes research in the student's area of theoretical interest.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); 3.00 GPA; three letters of recommendation; goal statement(s); and academic paper written in English; and resume.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 32 total credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students analyze music from a wide range of styles and style periods and communicate results in written and oral formats.
  2. Students demonstrate and apply functional aural, written, and keyboard skills.
  3. Students are able to recognize, identify, and analyze representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  4. Students are able to communicate knowledge of music theory and other aspects of music as would be done in classroom and private teaching.
Thesis/ Dissertation

The Master of Arts program requires a thesis.

All students writing a thesis must pass a final oral examination covering the thesis and the student’s major area of study. The final oral examination may be attempted two times.


National Association of Schools of Music

Course Title Credits
MUS 58251 Pedagogy of Music Theory 2
  62411 Music Bibliography and Research Methods 2
Music Electives 4-7
Ensemble 2
Thesis 6
Music Theory: choose from the following based on theory placement exam* 9-10
MUS 51141 16th Century Counterpoint (3)  
  51151 18th Century Counterpoint (3)  
  61131 Schenkerian Analysis (3)  
  61171 Analytical Techniques I (2)  
  61172 Analytical Techniques II (2)  
  61181 Post-Tonal Theory (3)  
  61191 Seminar in Music Since 1900 (3)  
Music History (choose two from the following) 4-6
MUS 52131 America's Music (3)  
  52161 History of Jazz (3)  
  52171 Music from World Cultures (3)  
  62511 Music History I (2)  
  62521 Music History II (2)  
  62531 Music History III (2)  
  62541 Music History IV (2)  

* Theory Placement Exam may place students into Theory Practicum. This undergraduate course dose not count towards degree credit and must be taken in addition to the to the graduate Music Theory requirements. Analytical techniques I and/or II may be required.