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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.

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

Ludek Drizhal, School of Music Faculty

Ludek Drizhal

Digital Media Composition, 
Music Theory
Assistant Professor of Music
Frasier 123
(970) 351-2092

Alisa Hickox, School of Music Faculty


Music Theory
Instructor of Music

Guggenheim 203
(970) 351-2443

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Reiner Kramer, School of Music Faculty

Reiner Krämer

Music Theory 
Instructor of Music

Michael Oravitz, School of Music Faculty

Michael Oravitz

Music History and Theory
Associate Professor of Music

Carissa Reddick, School of Music Faculty

Carissa Reddick

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Music Theory, Associate Professor of Music

Nan Yamprai, School of Music Faculty

Nan (Jittapim) Yamprai

Music History
Assistant Professor of Music

Ashley Pontiff, School of Music Faculty


Music Theory
Instructor of Music