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Top-notch Training, Outstanding Faculty

UNC’s Master of Music in Music Theory provides exceptional training for doctoral studies and careers in music education, performance and scholarly research. You’ll attain a high level of proficiency in aural skills, musical form and analysis. In addition, UNC offers excellent opportunities to publish original scholarship and research.

Widely respected for its outstanding School of Music, UNC has an extraordinary faculty of accomplished scholars and musical theorists. They’ll act as advocates and mentors, encouraging you to develop your creative voice while deepening your expertise. You’ll work with the most up-to-date technologies and concepts in music theory, gaining superior preparation for doctoral studies or immediate employment in the broader field of music.

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M.M. in Music Theory

The Music Theory master’s degree requires 30 hours of coursework. You’ll enjoy a wide range of flexibility in course selection and research focus, allowing you to customize the program to fit your academic and professional goals. The program culminates in a master’s thesis based upon original research.

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Your Future in Music Theory

UNC’s graduate students have an excellent record of achievement. Our alumni are employed throughout the world as performers, faculty members and music industry professionals. The School of Music’s strong reputation can open doors for you, whether you seek to advance to doctoral studies or go straight into the job market after you complete your master’s degree.

Consider UNC’s M.M. in Music Theory if you want to:

  • Continue your studies in a doctoral program
  • Work as a composer or arranger
  • Produce original scholarship

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced understanding of musical structure
  • Analysis
  • Advanced educational concepts

Sample courses:

  • Analytical Studies in Music
  • Music History

Beyond the Classroom

The UNC School of Music provides a rich environment in which to broaden your musicianship. You’ll belong to a community of more than 450 dedicated collegiate musicians, with ensembles that perform extensively and have appeared all over the world.

Where can your degree take you?

Doctoral studies

Doctoral studies

Professional music instruction

Private music instruction

Research and scholarship

Research and scholarship

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