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Music Theory

University of Oregon

20 months
30567 USD/year
30567 USD/year
18120 USD/year
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The Music Theory program of the University of Oregon enables students to gain advanced knowledge and skills in music theory, as well as in closely related areas. Graduate courses and seminars provide extensive exposure to problems in analysis and the history of music theory.


About the Program

In the Music Theory program of the University of Oregon students learn to be teachers through our Graduate Teaching Fellow program, and many of them gain experience in presenting at regional conferences.  A thesis in music theory is required for the degree and is carried out under the guidance of a faculty advisor and two other readers, who work closely with the student. Master’s students from our program have been accepted into a number of the top PhD programs around the world (including our own).

Theory faculty members are known for their research in a wide variety of topics; including Schoenberg’s atonal and twelve-tone music, musical form in the music of Berlioz, text and musical structure in nineteenth-century song, the music of living composers, and the influence of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century thought on the development of music theory.

Faculty members publish their research with prominent academic publishers and in leading journals; present at regional, national, and international conferences; and remain active as composers and performers.

The music theory area at Oregon has grown in size and quality over the past twenty years, to the point where it is now considered a prominent regional center for the discipline. Since 2000, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis has had its base of operations at the UO, and the university has hosted four of the WCCMTA’s meetings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Schenkerian Analysis
  • Post-Tonal Theory
  • Counterpoint
  • Pedagogy and Practicum
  • Current Trends in Music Theory
  • Music in the Middle Ages

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two scholarly writing samples exemplifying your scholarship and ability to develop a single, coherent line of reasoning and your ability to analyze tonal or atonal music or both
  • Recent concert or recital programs (optional)
  • Take the Preliminary Written Exam for the Music Theory GE, a written test designed to evaluate your part-writing and analysis skills: download the exam, complete it, scan it, and email it to Dr. Stephen Rodgers with the subject line: "Completed Preliminary GE Exam."
  • Interview with the music theory faculty either remotely or in person. You will be contacted by a music theory faculty member with instructions.
  • Three references

Tuition Fee

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    30567 USD/year
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  • National

    30567 USD/year
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  • In-State

    18120 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 18120 USD per year during 20 months.

Living costs for Eugene

970 - 1380 USD /month
Living costs

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