Paul Murphy, Professor,
Academic Studies Chair, Theory Area Head
Gordon Root, Associate Professor
Ji Hyun Woo
James Davis, Professor, Musicology Area Head
Michael Markham, Assistant Professor
Linda Phillips, Professor
About the Program:
As the largest component of the undergraduate core curriculum, music theory and music history constitute a vital part of the music major at
SUNY-Fredonia. The courses offered in Music Theory and History span
the gamut of styles and eras, confronting complex aesthetic,
technical, and interpretive issues along the way.
The history and theory curriculum engages students in the study of
cultural contexts, cultivates essential skills in the analysis of
musical constructions and their interpretation, and provides rigorous
training in all aspects of musicianship. Courses are led by full-time
School of Music faculty members, respected teachers and scholars holding Ph.D. degrees from the nation's most esteemed universities.
Regardless of concentration, music majors who have graduated from
SUNY-Fredonia have embarked upon exciting professional careers in
musicology and music theory. They have earned advanced degrees from
many of the nation's top universities, and have gone on to become
professors and researchers at a variety of distinguished institutions,
libraries, and archives.
The undergraduate curriculum in music theory is a two-year sequence
of courses in music theory, aural skills, and musical form and
analysis. Upper-division offerings range from jazz theory to studies
of the symphony and in-depth studies of rhythm and gesture. The
undergraduate curriculum in music history includes a survey of western
music and culture, along with upper-division offerings in individual
style periods, American music, popular music, hermeneutics, and the
history of performance.
The graduate degree in music theory prepares promising scholars for a career in theoretical or historical research, or in
college teaching. The degree is robust, with a rich core of courses including
Schenkerian analysis, counterpoint, post-tonal analysis, the pedagogy
of music theory, music bibliography, and seminars in specific
historical style periods. As a capstone project, each graduate
student in music theory completes an in-depth thesis on a topic that
suits the student's greatest interest and strength.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings