Program Overview

The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory provides intensive training in the analysis of popular music, jazz, and Western art music. You will develop your analytic skills through the in-depth study of music theory, musicianship, counterpoint, music analysis techniques, performance, and conducting. In addition, you will study the psychology of music and music theory pedagogy in seminar style classes. The Wells School of Music at WCU houses all music majors and Presser Music Library, tons of practice rooms and performance spaces, and is a certified All-Steinway School. Wells also offers more than 30 student ensembles to fit your interests and your instrument, from steel drum and jazz to opera theatre and chamber winds. Our students receive hands-on opportunities both in the classroom and in practice, and develop their skills through a personalized education experience and tight-knit music community.


Program Highlights

  • Unique curriculum with a perceptual and psychological approach to music theory
  • Holistic learning experience through education in musicianship, counterpoint, performance, conducting, and music theory pedagogy
  • Training in the analysis of popular music, jazz, and western art music
  • Participation in the Wilkinson Lecture Series, where distinguished musicologists, historians, and music theorists present to the student body
  • Faculty advised research opportunities

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates go on to advanced study and to immediate professional placements. They can be found in careers including:

  • Professor of historical musicology
  • Professor of musicology
  • Music librarian
  • Business owner
  • Music educator
  • Sound artist
  • Music theorist

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