Majors & Concentrations

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory

Department of Music Theory

Designed for students who wish to balance theoretical and applied approaches to the study of music. Elected courses range from developing musical craft (such as analysis, counterpoint, improvisation, and music composition) to aesthetics, music cognition, and music technology.


The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory requires a minimum of 120 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and 25% within the liberal arts. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation
  • Piano
  • Composition

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

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How To Apply

The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory does not accept incoming first-year student applications. All applicants must be transfer students from U-M or from other institutions with a minimum of one full year of music theory coursework with grades no less than a “B. U-M applicants must complete Music Theory courses 139, 140, 149, and 150 before applying. All applicants should have background in performance or composition and in a keyboard instrument.

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