Music Theory

Unleash new discoveries

The Jacobs music theory department combines world-class research and scholarship with unique and innovative pedagogy.

Eclectic in our interests and internationally renowned for the quality and scope of our work, the music theory faculty and students maintain a strong record of publications, conference presentations, performances, and other accomplishments.

Our students and faculty work together to maintain a high standard of rigorous, conservatory-style pedagogy in music theory while leading the way toward a more diverse and inclusive future for our field.

Scholarly life

All of our M.M. and Ph.D. students receive associate instructorships in music theory, enabling them to teach all levels of theory and aural skills, from the fundamentals up through the analysis of post-tonal music. The program also offers many unique opportunities for professional development.

Students, faculty, and guests regularly present at the weekly music theory colloquium series. Additionally, our Graduate Theory Association hosts an annual symposium of research in music theory and publishes the Indiana Theory Review, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal produced entirely by students.

The extensive training our students receive as pedagogues and scholars contributes to the excellent success rates that our alumni enjoy on the job market. Our graduates hold teaching positions in major universities, liberal-arts colleges, and schools of music around the world.

Study with world-class faculty

As faculty scholars, we are dedicated to exploring music’s intellectual, critical, structural, and social domains.

We are experienced in a broad array of approaches and methodologies, including Schenkerian analysis, serialism, transformation theory, informatics, and cultural studies.

And we are passionate about musical repertoires ranging from the classical music of the long eighteenth century through a variety of twentieth-century genres to post-millennial pop.

K A

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory); Chair, Department of Music Theory

Phone:
812-855-1859
Email:
kyadams@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M225K
J H

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-856-0121
Email:
juhook@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M325G
G H

Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-855-3691
Email:
ghorlach@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M225J
E I

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory); Director of Graduate Studies

Phone:
812-855-1738
Email:
isaacso@indiana.edu
Office:
East Studio Building, JS120J
R I

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-856-1047
Email:
rivanovi@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M325B
B J

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-856-6075
Email:
johnstbl@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M225B
M K

Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-855-8132
Email:
kielian@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M325H
A M

Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-855-1757
Email:
awmead@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M325K
F S

Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Phone:
812-856-5740
Email:
fsamarot@indiana.edu
Office:
Simon Center, M325F

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