The theory program consists of a core curriculum devoted to the theory and analysis of tonal and 20th-century music, complemented by seminars in a wide variety of topics. The topics reflect musicological as well as theoretical interests.
Undergraduate - Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an emphasis in Western Art Music
Learn more about the BA degree with an emphasis in Western Art Music in the Music Department, Undergraduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog.
Graduate - Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Learn more about the MA and the PhD Music Theory degrees in the Music Department, Graduate Program section of UCSB's General Catalog
The Theory Program at UCSB is proud to have a long list of distinguished alumni who have gone on to active careers in music and who currently hold academic positions at institutions across the country.
(Ph.D., 2016), Assistant Teaching Professor, Pennsylvania State University, Behrend
(Ph.D., 2016), Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University, Conservatory of Music
(Ph.D., 2014), Assistant Professor, Emory University
(Ph.D., 2014), Assistant Professor, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
(Ph.D., 2012), Lecturer, California State University, Channel Islands
(Ph.D., 2010), Tutor, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe (Galway, Ireland)
(Ph.D., 2010), Associate Professor, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
Sara Overholt (Ph.D., 2006), Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hunter College, CUNY
(Ph.D., 2006), Associate Professor, SUNY Fredonia
Susan de Ghize
(Ph.D., 2003), Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
(Ph.D., 2003), Professor, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
(Ph.D., 1997), Associate Professor, Georgia State University
(Ph.D., 1996), Professor, Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam
(Ph.D., 1996), Lecturer, Ohio State University, Kenyon College