Music Theory


Music theorists focus on developing models and methods for understanding musical languages. How are specific pieces of music put together and how may this be generalized to relate to the way other pieces of music are composed? The Music Theory program seeks to answer these and other questions.

First and second year theory classes incorporate a combination of writing skills and analysis. As you advance in your theory major, you will take specialized courses in such subjects as the application of mathematical models to music analysis and Renaissance-style counterpoint. You will also take performance classes, allowing you to receive a truly well-rounded music education.


An undergraduate background in music theory can lead you down a variety of career paths in music and beyond. From composition and music history to teaching and journalism, you will have plenty of exciting options after graduation. You may also wish to pursue graduate studies in music or a related discipline.

You can become a professional:

  • Music journalist
  • Composer
  • Music instructor
  • Researcher

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Schulich School of Music.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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