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The Doctoral Program in Music Theory offers a solid foundation in the principal subfields of our discipline, including Schenkerian theory, post-tonal theory, and the history of theory. Our faculty and alumni have made major contributions to the field and we have an impressive record of placing our graduates in academic positions.

The music theory faculty includes Kofi Agawu, Mark Anson Cartwright, L. Poundie Burstein, Norman Carey, Johanna Devaney, Philip Ewell, Philip Lambert, Shaugn O'Donnell, Jonathan Pieslak, William Rothstein, Mark Spicer, and Joseph Straus.

For more information about the Music Theory Program, see Students interested in applying to the Music Theory Program at the
Graduate Center should feel free to contact Prof. Burstein:

Course Requirements

A minimum of 60 credits of approved course work is required for a Ph.D. Courses will be credited toward the Ph.D. only if they are part of a program approved by the Executive Officer or his/her deputy.

Theory students are required to take at least at least one course in tonal analysis, one course in post-tonal theory/analysis, one course in the History of Music Theory, one course in the analysis of vernacular music, one course in non-Western music, and Current Trends in Music Theory.

A Musicianship Examination in score reading, transposition, figured bass realization, and pop lead-sheet realization at the keyboard for students in the theory concentration must be passed before the Second Examination may be taken.

If you have any further questions, please contact Prof. Poundie Burstein, Deputy Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Theory:

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