Music Theory Degree Offerings

Master of Music - Music Theory Concentration

LSU’s Masters of Music in Music Theory is an excellent choice for the performer looking for a secondary credential, or as a pathway to a doctorate in music theory. Recipients of the M.M. in music theory from LSU have gone on to some of the most highly rated doctoral programs in the country, including the Eastman School of Music, the University of Washington, Florida State University, and the University of Wisconsin.

Doctor of Philosophy - Music Theory Concentration

The only doctoral program in music theory in the south-central region, LSU boasts four highly accomplished full-time music theorists on its faculty.

Recent Recipients of the PhD in Music Theory from LSU:


Wesley Bradford, PhD

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, School of Music and Performing Arts
University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Lafayette, LA
Dissertation: Developing a Mathematically Informed Approach to Musical Narrative through the Analysis of Three Twentieth-Century Monophonic Woodwind Works (2016)

Andrew Nicolette, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Music Theory, The Kings University at Gateway
Southlake, TX
Dissertation: A Model of the Tonal-Chromatic System and its Application to Selected Works of Gustav Mahler (2015)

Timothy Saeed, PhD

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Department of Music and Performing Arts
Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT
Dissertation: Analysis and Expressive Performance: Four Selected Works by Chopin (2014)

Adam Hudlow, PhD

Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Department of Music
Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA
Dissertation: Harmony, Voice Leading, and Drama in Three Sondheim Musicals (2013)


Minor in Music Theory

Graduate students in the DMA or PhD programs in music history, music education, or composition may select music theory as a minor area.