Take the next step with advanced exploration of your passion for music theory in a rigorous and creative environment committed to musical excellence. Hone your research skills in an area of interest.
Receive faculty-level training with an emphasis on public music theory and related areas. Work closely with faculty mentors to explore interests in music theory and related fields such as composition, musicology and technology. Work with digital technology to create and produce music. Attend master classes, lectures and performances. A dissertation is required.
Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.
Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.
Enjoy courses in counterpoint, form and analysis, post-tonal theory, analysis and performance.
Learn from leading music theory researchers and instructors and frequent visits by guests theorists, musicologists and composers.
What You’ll Study
Attain a masters-level knowledge of music history, music theory and compositional styles by identifying, describing, comparing and contrasting musical works from antiquity through modern times. Candidates will produce original research in music theory. A thesis is required.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Analyzing and synthesizing information to identify patterns and connections
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.