The certificate in music theory pedagogy allows a conductor, composer, musicologist, pedagogue or performer to develop the skills and knowledge required to teach basic music theory at the high school or possibly college level. A condensed program that is adaptable yet rigorous, it encourages students not only to build on excellence in critical thinking through required courses, but also to develop diverse, creative and individualized notions of teaching and learning through a unique portfolio capstone project. Students are also encouraged to tailor their certificate experience to their desired outcome in the community, such as through university teaching, private teaching and web-based courses.

For MM students in particular, the ability to teach music theory and integrate it into performance lessons can be beneficial for K-12 educators or those wishing to have a competitive edge in college, conservatory and university situations.

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Admission Requirements

  • Completed undergraduate degree with a major inMusic.
  • Superior performance on the Graduate Music Theory Proficiency Exam, or, if a current student, confirmation of previous superior score OR superior grade in MUAC 3935 Graduate Music Theory Review.
  • Excellent performance in undergraduate Music Theory and Aural Skills coursework.
  • Interview with the Theory Department faculty.
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