The music theory department at the Lamont School of Music combines robust study of music's foundational principles with broad education in the language of music, including coursework in counterpoint, Schenkerian analysis, set theory, serialism, contour theory, neo-Riemannian techniques, and more.
Students reap the benefits of instruction from Lamont's top-tier music faculty, including Kristin Taavola, PhD, Chair of Music Theory. Taavola's writing and research on Eastern music styles has been widely published and reviewed, and she has taught at several undergraduate and graduate music programs across the country.
Application and Portfolio Requirements
- Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree or the equivalent.
- Completed application, including transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose for graduate study in this degree program. Please include a list of your theory teachers and the textbooks assigned for their theory courses in your statement.
- An analytic essay or research paper that engages a music-theoretic issue. This paper should demonstrate critical and independent thinking in conjunction with the appropriate use of analytic tools, relevant musical examples, and primary and secondary sources as necessary.
- Submission of scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or comparable graduate standardized test as part of the application process. Your application will not be processed until your scores have been received. Allow at least four weeks for DU to receive your scores. For more information concerning the GRE, please visit www.gre.org. The institution code for DU is R4842.
- For Theory GTA consideration (non-theory applicants must also complete item #3 above):
- Please submit the syllabi from your undergraduate theory courses.
- Please ask your recommenders to comment on your teaching abilities, or potential.
- Note that we may ask candidates for GTA positions to take a keyboard and sight-reading test via Skype.