Master of Music, Theory & Composition

The challenging and rigorous 30 hour music theory/composition program culminates with a composition recital of new music and a thesis in composition or analysis

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Dr. Bernie Scherr-Music Department Head of Music Theory & Composition

Dr. Bernie Scherr

Music Department Head of Music Theory & Composition 325-670-1429

Degrees

  • Masters of Music, Theory & Composition (M.M.)

WHY EARN A MASTER'S IN MUSIC THEORY & COMPOSITION AT HSU

HSU students sitting at a computer studying in the library

Electronic & Scoring

The School of Music computer lab offers students the opportunity to integrate electronic elements into their music. HSU students are also encouraged to compose music for film.

HSU Music Major playing the piano during worship

Theory Emphasis

Students with a theory emphasis get to write a thesis on a topic chosen in consultation with their advisor.

HSU music major students playing the piano and tuba

Composition Emphasis

The thesis for students with a composition emphasis is a piece for large forces. Composition emphasis students get to also write and present a substantial analysis paper on a topic chosen in consultation with their advisor.

Program Details

Major Field-Theory Emphasis

  • MUTC 5234 Schenkerian Analysis – 2
  • MUTC 5235 Post-tonal Analysis – 2
  • MUTC 6391 Thesis – 3
  • MUTC 6392 Thesis – 3

Hours Subtotal 10

Major Field-Composition Emphasis

  • MUTC 6233 Advanced Composition – 2
  • MUTC 6234 Advanced Composition – 2
  • MUTC 6391 Thesis – 3
  • MUTC 6392 Thesis – 3

Hours Subtotal 10

Secondary Field–Theory Emphasis

  • MUTC 6233 Advanced Composition – 2
  • MUTC 6234 Advanced Composition – 2
  • MUPS 6101 Recital – 1

Hours Subtotal 5

Secondary Field–Composition Emphasis

  • MUTC 5234 Schenkerian Analysis – 2
  • MUTC 5235 Post-tonal Analysis – 2
  • MUPS 6101 Recital – 1

Hours Subtotal 5

Supportive Courses (both fields of emphasis)

  • MUTC 5233 History of Music Theory – 2
  • MUHL 524X Music History and Literature – 2
  • MUTC 5333 Music Theory Pedagogy – 3
  • MUTC 6235 Advanced Counterpoint – 2
  • MUTC 6236 Advanced Orchestration – 2
  • MUHL 6341 Introduction to Research Techniques – 3
  • MUPS 5XXX (see Note 1 to follow) – 1

Hours Subtotal 15

Total Hours 30

All theory/composition majors will present one public recital.  The programs will be approved at least three weeks prior to the recital by a committee of five members of the School of Music performance faculty, of whom one must be from another area than the student’s area of study.  The student must be enrolled for applied music during the term in which a recital is given.  Information about submitting and presenting recital programs, membership and responsibilities of recital committees, and the evaluation of graduate recitals may be obtained from the head of the Graduate Program in Music.

Entrance requirements (if any besides standard HSU entrance)
Applicants for graduate study in music must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with recognized standing in the National Association of Schools of Music.  A student seeking a master in music theory/composition must demonstrate by examination the ability to realize figured bass and harmonize a melody at the piano and proficiency in at least one foreign language approved by the School of Music.  The student must submit several recent original scores for approval by members of the composition faculty and/or others appointed to the board by the head of the theory-composition department.

Graduates of this program and the BM in Theory Composition are working in the fields of music ministry, administration, music education, and as professional composer/arrangers.