Degree Requirements

Master of Music: Music Theory

Diagnostic Evaluation & Coursework Recommendations

All Master of Music students are required to take the music theory diagnostic test during orientation. Those who do not take or do not pass this test are required to take Music Theory 401, “Graduate Review of Music Theory” as a graduation requirement. Coursework recommendations will be based on exam results, prior transcripts, and consider individual background and future goals. The program coordinator will meet with students each quarter for academic advising prior to registration.

Sample Course Plan

Always check with the Program Coordinator for program requirements.

Academic Plan

Fall

Winter

Spring

16th c. Counterpoint                
(MUS_THRY 316) 

Theory/Analysis course

18th c. Counterpoint 
(MUS_THRY 318)

Theory/Analysis course

Theory/Analysis course

Theory/Analysis course

Music Cognition
(MUS_THRY 451) 

Correlative Studies course

Correlative Studies course

Elective
(300-level or above)

Elective
(300-level or above) 

Masters Project
(MUS THRY 485) 

If required, MUS THRY 401, Graduate Review of Music Theory is taken in the Fall quarter in addition to the courses shown above.

Program of Study (12 units)

Music theory and analysis, 300-level and above (4 units)

Counterpoint (2 units)

MUS THRY 316 16th c. Counterpoint  (1unit)
MUS THRY 318 18th c. Counterpoint  (1 unit)

Correlative Studies (3 units)

MUS THRY 451 Music Cognition (1 unit)
Music History (MUSICOL)  (1 unit)
Music Technology (MUS TECH) (1 unit)

Masters Project (1 unit)

MUS THRY 485

Electives, 300-level or above (2 units)

Terminal Requirement - Master's Project

The terminal requirement for the MM in Music Theory is the Master's Project, a scholarly paper of moderate length, to be presented orally before the theory faculty and students. Master's students should determine who their faculty sponsor will be for their Master’s project by midwinter quarter (February). Master's students typically register for MUS THRY 485 during the final quarter of study. Like an independent study, the Master's Project requires a faculty sponsor who is responsible for submitting a grade for the project. The paper is presented during the last regularly scheduled Music Theory & Cognition program colloquium of the spring quarter (typically in week 9 or 10).  If the paper is not finished by the end of the quarter in which the student is registered for this course, the student will receive an incomplete grade. In order to graduate, the student must receive a passing grade.

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Questions?

Contact Graduate Services: 
musicgradservices@northwestern.edu 
847-491-5740