Music Theory

Along with Music History and Literature, the Department of Music Theory forms the academic backbone for all music degrees at UNC. Every music student must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in music theory and aural skills as essential tools for a 21st-century musician.

All undergraduate and graduate music theory courses are taught by faculty members. Undergraduate music students master a core sequence that includes aural skills, sight-singing, voice-leading, form & analysis, and 20th-21st century materials. Outstanding students of music theory have the opportunity to take graduate theory courses and have published their research in UNC’s Undergraduate Research Journal; several of our students have gone on to pursue music theory at the graduate level. Graduate students select from a variety of courses in tonal and post-tonal theory as well as Music Theory Seminars featuring specialized topics. The area of Music Theory offers a secondary emphasis within the Doctor of Arts degree, which includes a focus on music theory pedagogy.

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The College of Performing and Visual Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for students studying music.

Learn more about Undergraduate and Graduate Music Degrees at UNC.

Classes in the Music Theory program may include:

  • Foundations of Music Theory
  • Aural Skills and Sight Singing
  • Forms and Analysis

Learn about the application process to UNC and the School of Music.

How to Apply

For more information or to schedule a visit to the School of Music, contact Melanie Poston at (970) 351-1921 or email

View Music Theory Faculty and Staff

The UNC School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and designated a Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Faculty & Staff

Bryan Christian

Instructor of Music

Ludek Drizhal

Digital Media Composition
Music Theory
Assistant Professor of Music

Carissa Reddick

Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Studies Coordinator

Michael Oravitz

Assistant Professor of Music

Nan (Jittapim) Yamprai

Assistant Professor of Music