A student-centered approach to academic courses in Music Theory and Composition

Kent State offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music Theory and Composition.

Undergraduate Information Graduate Information


Joshua Albrecht Richard Devore
H. Gerrey Noh Adam Roberts (Composition)


Degree Offered

B.M. in Music


  • Includes specialization in music theory and composition. 
  • Provides preparation for graduate study in the field and the ability to compose and use technology in a variety of musical styles. 
  • All undergraduate music majors complete an intensive, four-semester core curriculum of music theory, aural skills, and keyboard skills. These skills provide the foundation for future studies in music, as well as enhancing overall musicianship.
  • Applied instrumental or vocal study along with seminars and private composition lessons. 

Find Your Applied Studio

All undergraduate composition majors must present an instrumental or vocal audition for admission into the program.

Brass | Percussion | Piano | Strings | Voice | Woodwinds

Minors to Compliment Your Major

Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor


Degrees Offered

M.A. in Composition
M.A. in Music Theory
Ph.D. in Music Theory-Composition


  • The master's programs in music theory (MA) and composition (MM) are designed to advance the academic and creative skills of students and to prepare them for admission to doctoral study. 
  • The composition program emphasizes mastery of large-scale works for media including orchestra, choir, band and/or chamber music ensembles. 
  • The music theory program further develops abilities in music theory including analytical, aural, written, keyboard, and pedagogical skills. 


  • The doctoral program in music theory and composition (Ph.D.) is a unique program that features both creative and research-based study. 
  • Students complete a core of two years of academic coursework and a two-part dissertation that includes both an original composition and scholarly research in music theory. 

Graduate Assistantships

  • A limited number are available every year.
  • Graduate students receiving assistantships in the music theory and composition area will experience teaching first-year aural skills and music theory tutoring undergraduate students, proctoring placement exams during audition days, and assisting faculty in the music theory & composition area.

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