Music Theory


Master of Music in Music Theory: Degree Requirements

Music theory at Indiana University emphasizes musicianship and scholarly study with particular emphasis on the history of musical thought, analysis of musical structure, and pedagogy.

More detailed information is available here.


Bachelor's degree with a major in music.


The applicant must submit at the time of application three letters of recommendation and a typed, formal paper of substantial length on an analytical or theoretical subject. The paper is expected to demonstrate the applicant's musical insight and ability to express ideas clearly and correctly. An individual interview and audition for an Associate Instructorship are also required; applicants are expected to be proficient in sight-singing, aural skills, and keyboard harmony. The applicant's scores on the GRE General Test must be received by the application deadline.


21 credit hours.

  • T550 Readings in Music Theory (3 cr.)

  • T551 Analytical Techniques for Tonal Music (3 cr.)

  • T555 Schenkerian Analysis (3 cr.)

  • T556 Analysis of Music Since 1900 (3 cr.)

  • T565 Stylistic Counterpoint: Variable Topics (3 cr.)

  • T591 Teaching of Music Theory (3 cr.)

  • T658 Seminar in Music Theory: Variable Topics (3 cr.)

  • T599 Master's Degree Comprehensive Review (0 cr.)

A student may demonstrate proficiency in any one of these areas without substituting another graduate-level music theory course.

Music History and Literature Requirement

6 credit hours. See more information here.

Other Required Credits

6 credit hours. If the 6 credits are taken in a single field outside music theory, an Outside Area may be declared. See more information here.

Tool Subject

M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (2 cr.) with a grade of B or higher or evidence of proficiency demonstrated by examination.

Major Ensemble

2 credit hours each semester until four fall-spring enrollments are reached or the student graduates.