About Music Theory

Music Theory at the University of Southern Mississippi

The Music Theory program within the School of Music promotes music theory as a subject of broad and passionate interest to performers, historians, ethnomusicologists, composers and theorists.

For undergraduates, we offer a wide range of courses with various levels of concentration in the discipline. While many of our undergraduates have gone on to have professional careers in music, others have used their music study as an enriching foundation for other pursuits.

Within the Southern Miss Graduate School, the Music Theory program offers a Master of Music degree in Music Theory. Normally, between two and four students are admitted each year, some with generous teaching assistantships, and they add to a tightly knit community of scholars who both benefit from and add to the intellectual and cultural life of the University. Most graduates continue their studies at another university to earn their Ph.D.—using their time at Southern Miss to begin presenting and publishing research that will make their applications more competitive.

The Music Theory program is located in the USM Fine Arts Building on Hardy street, second floor.