Music - Theory

University of Kansas

12 months
19844 USD/year
25114 USD/year
10872 USD/year
Tuition fee
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To study with the University of Kansas School of Music - Theory is to engage the passions, both musical and intellectual, of six composers and scholars who have each earned national and international recognition for their contributions to the discipline.


Working with faculty in the division, you will be able to pursue a wide range of scholarly interests and musical styles. Music - Theory specialists at University of Kansas in music theory research and teach a wide breadth of approaches on diverse subjects. In addition to critical assessment of the standard common-practice and contemporary repertoires, students have the opportunity to learn about specific fields of faculty expertise, including film music, philosophy and critical theory, rhythm and meter, and modern rock music.

Learning outcomes

The composers in the division are also skilled teachers who can help you refine your craft and develop your unique compositional voice. Among their vast and varied portfolios, they have each made significant contributions in producing new music for a wide range of genres, including works for wind band and orchestra, opera and choral music, instrumental and vocal chamber music, music for film, and electronic music (particularly involving live performance).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Readings in Music Theory
  • Seminar in New Art Song
  • Orchestration 
  • Electro-Acoustic Composition 
  • Introduction to the Analysis of Contemporary Music
  • Advanced Analysis of Contemporary Music
  • Canon and Fugue
  • History of Music Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  •          Resume/Vita
  •          3 Letters of reference
  •          Scanned copies of official transcripts from all higher education schools attended
  •          Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement
  •          Repertoire List (Performance majors)
  •          Three original compositions (Composition majors)
  •          GRE scores (Musicology PhD and Masters, Theory PhD)
  •          Writing sample (Musicology, Theory, Organ and Church Music majors)
    International Students
  •          Test of English Proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE)
  •          Financial statement
  •          Copy of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19844 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    25114 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25114 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    10872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10872 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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