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The program in Music Theory at Ohio State provides students with skills and knowledge for all careers in music. The innovative undergraduate curriculum comprises the core courses in theory and aural training, fostering strong musicianship through creative exercises in improvisation and composition. Upper-level courses, also taken by MA/MM students, include counterpoint and theory, and analysis classes in music of four historical periods, and offerings in music technology.
Graduate study in music theory
is led by a distinguished faculty whose mission is to guide scholars on paths to professional careers, typically but not exclusively in academia. Recent graduates are teaching at colleges and universities, and several others have chosen to take positions in the information economy. Ohio State is renowned for its programs in Music Cognition and Computational Musicology with a wealth of research produced by graduate students and faculty in the Music Cognition Laboratory. Other areas of faculty and graduate research include Sound, Music, Media and Movement
and Mathematical Music Theory. All graduate students are encouraged to develop a broad background in the discipline of music theory, which includes studies of analytical methodologies and in history of theory.
In the area of music technology, students are encouraged to take advantage of multi-disciplinary collaborations within the university and the College of Arts and Sciences, especially through the internationally acclaimed Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design
Theory Assessments and Diagnostic Exams
If you are an admitted graduate student, please consult Graduate Entrance Assessment
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