School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan

Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy

Designed to augment and refine students’ understanding of the various theoretical systems and methods that are the backbone of the entire undergraduate and graduate theory curriculum. In order to qualify for consideration for admission to the program, students must be enrolled in one of SMTD’s doctoral programs and have satisfied all of the elements of the Transfer Proficiency Examination, including the 20th-century component.

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The program consists of five courses totaling 15 hours of graduate credit, plus an oral examination. Four courses are required, while the fifth is elected in consultation with the student’s Certificate Program advisor.

Final Project:

A presentation of a class on a topic chosen by a Faculty Committee of the Music Theory Department, plus a subsequent question and answer session with the committee on any and all of the skills studied during the course of the program.


SMTD offers a wide variety of courses across all disciplines.

Program Requirements

Degree requirement descriptions detailing course options and final project information.