Required for the major in music theory

  1. Music theory in addition to the core courses required for the B.Mus. degree (36 units):
    1. MUTH 401: Counterpoint in the Style of J.S. Bach (6 units)
    2. MUTH 421: Theory and Analysis of Music since 1900 (6 units)
    3. MUTH 520: Schenkerian Analysis (6 units)
    4. Two iterations of MUTH 350 or 550: Topics in Music Theory and Analysis (12 units)
    5. MUTH 599: Independent Study in Music Theory or one additional iteration of MUTH 550 (6 units)
  2. Music composition and arranging (9 units):
    1. MUCA 100: Fundamentals of Composition (6 units)
    2. One term of MUCA 345: Composition (3 units)
  3. Any one of the following courses: (6 units)
    • ANTH 531/LING 531: Semiotics
    • EDST 545/LING 545/PSYC 545: Gesture Studies
    • ENG 401, 402, or 403: Topics in Literary Criticism 
    • FIST 100: Introduction to Film Studies or FIST 120: Image and Sound I
    • GEST 100: Introduction to Gender Studies or GEST 222: Music and Gender
    • LING 470: Cognitive Linguistics
    • MUCO 411: Aesthetics of Music
    • PHYS 107: Physics of Music
    • PSYC 230: Psychology of Music
    • Other cognate-area course approved by the music theory department
  4. Performance: A minimum of 24 units in applied individual instruction
  5. Ensemble: 12 units; participation in an ensemble is required every term in residence on the Appleton campus, as specified by the following requirements:
    1. 6 units selected from wind ensemble, symphonic band, symphony orchestra, or a major choral ensemble
    2. 6 additional units in any ensemble
  6. Language: 6 units in languages other than English taken from courses numbered 200 or above 

Required for the minor in music theory

Four upper-level MUTH courses (24 units):

  1. MUTH 401: Counterpoint in the Style of J.S. Bach (6 units)
  2. MUTH 421: Theory and Analysis of Music since 1900 (6 units)
  3. MUTH 520: Schenkerian Analysis (6 units)
  4. One iteration of MUTH 350 or 550: Topics in Music Theory and Analysis (6 units)

Senior Experience in music theory

The topic of the Senior Experience in music theory will arise from the student’s encounter, in organized and/or independent study upper-level courses, with advanced theoretical and analytical concepts, methods, and techniques. Topics may take one of the following forms, subject to approval by the music theory faculty:

  1. an original essay, of substantive length and publishable quality, on a theoretical or analytic topic
  2. a critical exegesis of a monograph by a contemporary or historical music theorist or of a series of interrelated essays
  3. a lecture-recital
  4. a software application for music theory pedagogy or analysis

Ensemble performance study

Major ensembles are:

  • MUEN 203 Balinese Gamelan Music
  • MUEN 212 Hybrid Vocal Ensemble
  • MUEN 230 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUEN 231 Kinkiviwo
  • MUEN 232 Tambo Toké
  • MUEN 233 Sambistas
  • MUEN 235 Improvisation Group
  • MUEN 270 Viking Chorale
  • MUEN 272 Cantala Women's Choir
  • MUEN 275 Concert Choir
  • MUEN 282/283/284 Opera
  • MUEN 285 Wind Ensemble
  • MUEN 287 Symphonic Band
  • MUEN 290 Symphony Orchestra
  • MUEN 293 Jazz Band
  • MUEN 295 Jazz Ensemble