Music Theory Area


Strengthen your skills.

The LSU School of Music offers rigorous music theory programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Our faculty comprises leading scholars in the fields of twentieth-and twenty first-century music, music of the American experimental and avant-garde traditions, pop and metal music, theory pedagogy, music and mathematics, transformational theory, Soviet/Russian music, and linear analysis.

Our undergraduate program is designed to strengthen our students’ analytical skills and musicianship through intensive studies in tonal harmony and counterpoint, form and analysis, chromaticism, and post-tonal theory. The graduate curriculum includes a varied pedagogical methodology, including flipped classroom learning, multimedia resources, and in-class performance to help our students integrate classroom knowledge and knowledge acquisition skills with performance craft.

Our graduate programs (M.M. and Ph.D.) offer intensive studies in areas of music theory that prepare students for further specialized study and scholarly and academic careers, respectively. Close collaboration with the programs in musicology, composition, and digital media make our graduate program unique. Graduate assistantships are available on a highly competitive basis.