The music theory PhD program emphasizes both intellectual and practical skills while enabling students to become as broadly knowledgeable in the field as possible. Included in the course of study are classes in, among other subjects:
- Advanced analysis (including Schenkerian, post-tonal and Neo-Riemannian analysis)
- Advanced aural skills
- Keyboard techniques
- History of theory
- College music teaching
- World music
- Electronic/computer music
Each student experiences a great deal of personal attention from the faculty, and many students gain teaching experience through participation in our Graduate Teaching Fellow program.
There is an especially supportive relationship between the student and his or her major advisor, and with members of the student's doctoral committee.
The PhD program culminates in a public presentation of the candidate’s research, as well as a dissertation.
Application at a Glance
You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:
- Official Transcripts
- English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Financial Verification for International Applicants
Program-Specific Application Requirements:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Higher TOEFL/IELTS than UO minimums
- Interview with the music theory faculty
- Preliminary Application for the music theory GE position
- Statement of Purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- Two research papers