Music Theory (BM)


This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Music Theory

Unit: Music 
Academic Plan Code(s): MUSIBM_MUT

Program Information

The Bachelor of Music in Theory degree is designed for students interested in understanding and eventually teaching music theory. Many of the graduates of this degree will pursue graduate studies in music theory. In addition to those goals common to all professional baccalaureate degrees in music, students in music theory develop an advanced capability for music analysis, including sophisticated communication skills about analysis and the ability to analyze a musical work from multiple perspectives. Students also develop a sophisticated knowledge of the relationship between music theory and music composition, including the ability to compose music with acoustic and digital sources, and with a degree of technical mastery of music notation, arranging, and computer notation. Theory majors use the tools of music analysis and theoretical research, including keyboard, knowledge of foreign languages, and bibliographic tools. Research techniques and effective written and oral communication skills must be demonstrated by the development and presentation of a senior paper.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements47
Program/Major Requirements42
Minimum Total Hours120

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students in this unit are admitted directly into their degree program.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 1,231
The following courses are required by this program and should be used to fulfill the respective General Education Requirement:
African-American Music - AH, D1
Music in World Cultures - D2, SB

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

School of Music Requirements
MUS 141Theory I 34
MUS 142Theory II 34
MUS 241Theory III4
MUS 242Theory IV4
MUS 361Music Literature I (1000-1750)3
MUS 362Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music)3
MUS 363Music Literature III (1860-present)3
MUS 109Major Ensembles (eight 1-hour courses) 48
MUS 97Recital Attendance (six semesters of “S”)0
MUS 131Piano Class 5,61
MUS 132Piano Class 5,61
MUS 231Piano Class III 5,61
MUS 347Analysis I2
MUS 111Principal Applied Study2
MUS 112Principal Applied Study2
MUS 211Principal Applied Study2
MUS 212Principal Applied Study2
MUS 100Introduction to Music Study1
MUS 297Piano Proficiency0
Minimum Total Hours47

Program/Major Requirements

Music Theory Requirements
MUS 145
MUS 146
Secondary Composition
Secondary Composition
MUS 267Music Theory Seminar (six 1/2 hour courses)3
MUS 552 Pedagogy of Theory2
One course chosen from the following in consultation with the advisor and private instructor:2
Orchestral Scoring
Band/Choral Scoring
Advanced Instrumental Scoring
MUS 348Analysis II2
MUS 547
MUS 548
Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis
MUS 549
MUS 550
Renaissance Counterpoint
Baroque Counterpoint
MUS 270Creative Audio Recording and Production Techniques2
MUS 498Thesis Guidance - CUE (CUE)4
Supporting Courses
MUS 359Conducting I2
MUS 325
MUS 326
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
MUS 425
MUS 426
Arts Instrument
Arts Instrument
GERM 121Basic German I 74
MUS 129Cardinal Singers0.5
or MUS 119 Minor Ensembles
Electives 84.5
Minimum Total Hours42

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status. Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music. Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for MUS 242 Theory IV or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music & New Media); MUS 361; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance with a grade of S for 4 semesters; Ensemble participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105; and 3 additional General Education/Cardinal Core courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies (including jazz performance, music education and music therapy with tracks in jazz studies, and the BA in jazz studies), music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program.  Specific degree requirements are determined by the concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Thesis Guidance - CUE

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
MUS 100 Introduction to Music Study 1
MUS 111 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 141 Theory I 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 131 Piano Class (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 145 Secondary Composition 2
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
MUS 112 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 142 Theory II 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 132 Piano Class 1
MUS 146 Secondary Composition 2
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Year 2
MUS 211 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 241 Theory III 4
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 231 Piano Class III (or Music Elective) 1
MUS 297 Piano Proficiency 0
MUS 267 Music Theory Seminar 0.5
ANTH 205 Music in World Cultures - D2, SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
MUS 212 Principal Applied Study 2
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 242 Theory IV 4
MUS 361 Music Literature I (1000-1750) 3
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 267 Music Theory Seminar 0.5
MUS 359 Conducting I 2
MUS 270 Creative Audio Recording and Production Techniques 2
Year 3
MUS 325 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 362 Music Literature II (Classical & Early Romantic Music) 3
MUS 267 Music Theory Seminar 0.5
MUS 345
Orchestral Scoring
or Band/Choral Scoring
or Advanced Instrumental Scoring
MUS 347 Analysis I 2
MUS 119
Minor Ensembles
or Cardinal Singers
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
Music or General Elective 1
MUS 326 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 97 Recital Attendance 0
MUS 363 Music Literature III (1860-present) 3
MUS 267 Music Theory Seminar 0.5
Band/Choral Scoring (Only if student did not take MUS 345 or MUS 545)  
MUS 348 Analysis II 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
PAS 214 African-American Music - AH, D1 3
Year 4
MUS 425 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 549 Renaissance Counterpoint 2
MUS 548 Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis 2
MUS 267 Music Theory Seminar 0.5
GERM 121 Basic German I 4
Music or General Electives 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
MUS 426 Arts Instrument 1
MUS 109 Major Ensembles 1
MUS 550 Baroque Counterpoint 2
MUS 547 Chromatic Harmony and Analysis 2
MUS 267 Music Theory Seminar 0.5
MUS 552 Pedagogy of Theory 2
Music or General Electives 1.5
MUS 498 Thesis Guidance - CUE (CUE) 4
 Minimum Total Hours120

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
  3. Next, click on "View my Academic Advisement Report" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

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Flight Planner
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