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A Major in Music Theory

Description of Major


This major educates students about a broad range of musical meanings and practices. Writing and cognitive skills in music and language, and analytical techniques in the principal styles and genres, enable the student to pursue individual methodologies and ensure independent thought.


For more information on studying Music Theory:  click here


Employment Opportunities


Graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions in newspapers, record companies, music publishers or music education. A variety of jobs are available for music theory graduates, including:

Arts Columnist  Church Music Director 
City Cultural Events Planner  Community Arts Center Director 
Composer  Conductor 
Electronics Technician  Media Consultant 
Media Director  Music Critic 
Music Designer  Music Editor
Music Librarian  Music Publisher 
Music Therapist  Musicologist 
Orchestra Manager  Performance Center Manager 
Professor  Recording Technician 
Talent Recruiter  Teacher 


Some positions listed may require education or training beyond an undergraduate degree.



Additional Links


Society for Music Theory 

Music Theory Resources 

Journal of Music Theory 

Music Theory Online 

UC College-Conservatory of Music