Professor writing notation on white board, Schulich School of Music, McGill University

Music Theory; B.Mus. (Major)

The teaching and research of theorists are concentrated upon developing models and methods for understanding musical languages. How are specific pieces of music put together and how may this be generalized to relate to the way other pieces of music are composed?

First and second year theory classes incorporate a combination of writing skills and analysis. As you advance in your theory major, you will take specialized courses in such subjects as the application of mathematical models to music analysis and Renaissance-style counterpoint.

Minors, double degrees and double majors

Once you're enrolled in this program, you can apply to add a minor in another music field or from another faculty at McGill University.

You can also apply to add a second major or degree to your B.Mus. Theory program.

Program structure

The B.Mus. Music Theory program is made up of 124 credits.

Admissions

Student resources

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