The Department of Music Theory is distinguished by the range of achievement in scholarship of both the faculty and students and by the broad diversity of approach which is fostered. One of the guiding principles of the department is that music theory does not stand alone as a discipline.
Faculty members are active as composers, performers, and interdisciplinary scholars in such areas as philosophy, psychology, and critical studies. Students explore cognate fields such as art history, literature, philosophy, linguistics, and psychology to advance inquiry in the field of music theory. Areas of scholarly interest represented by faculty members and in course offerings include theories of musical experience, as well as post-tonal theory, Schenkerian theory, twelve-tone theory, transformational theory, theories of style, gender, jazz, popular music, and the study of the compositional process.
For a profile of the department, read Explorations in Music Theory: From Beethoven to Brahms to the Beatles, written by Walter Everett.
Patricia Hall (Chair)
James Dapogny (Emeritus)
Sandra Lau Martins
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