Graduate Studies

music theory/composition 
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The Master of Music in Theory/Composition is structured so that the student may place emphasis on either theory or composition. Applicants who choose a concentration in theory must present evidence of previous analytical work. Applicants who choose a concentration in composition must present a representative selection of compositions for evaluation.

In addition to the application process required by the Office of Graduate Studies, applicants seeking the Master of Music in Theory-Composition must interview with and be accepted by the appropriate music faculty.


Core Curriculum

MUS 521 Music Bibliography
MUS 624 Analytic Techniques
An additional 24 credit hours of graduate-level courses (minimum of 15 credit hours at the 600 level)
9 credit hours of music history and studio instruction
6 credit hours of elective courses in supporting areas of the fine arts, arts and sciences, professional education, music, or music education
Two semesters of ensemble participation (by advisement)
Final Comprehensive Oral Examination


Theory Concentration

6 credit hours of theory and composition courses (MUS 614 Pedagogy of Theory must be included)
MUS 695 Thesis (theory project)

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30


Composition Concentration

6 credit hours of theory and composition courses, which must include two semesters (6 credit hours) of composition
MUS 695 Thesis (large-scale composition)

Total Credit Hours for Program Completion: 30



  • Undergraduate studies in music equivalent to a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in theory or composition, or any other undergraduate music degree which includes four semesters of music theory (equivalent to SUNY Fredonia's (MUS) 121-122, 123-124, 221-222, 223-354), a music history survey (equivalent to (MUS) 263 and 264), and advanced undergraduate courses in theory, composition, orchestration, counterpoint, or music history totaling at least 12 semester hours.
  • Review of undergraduate analytical or compositional achievement through an on campus interview.
  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA 3.0 is preferred.
  • A completed graduate application.



Dr. Paul Murphy
Theory Program Coordinator

Dr. Rob Deemer
Composition Program Coordinator

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