Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Music Theory

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Don Wright Faculty of Music
Field of Study:Music, General
Areas of Research:Composition; Literature and Performance; Music Education; Music Theory; Musicology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Careers:Musicians and Singers


Students in the PhD in Music program are engaged in a program of study that leads to an original contribution to their field of study: composition; music education; musicology; or music theory. Students are exposed to a wide range of approaches and methodologies to research and creative activity, and work in a thriving intellectual and creative environment. The stages of the program ensure that students attain a broad knowledge base in their particular area of study that prepares them to write an original dissertation.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Admission to our doctoral programs normally requires a Master’s degree in the area of study for which a doctoral application is made.
    Application Notes : The application is online and administered by Western's School for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Note that applicants will be required to upload supplementary documents (see full list of admission requirements by program) to the online application.

    PhD in Music (Music Theory)
    ▪ A Master’s degree in Music Theory (or equivalent)
    ▪ Two essays (3,500-5,000 words) that demonstrate the ability to articulate and carry out research in music theory
    ▪ A statement (one or two pages) of background, goals, and research interests in music theory
    ▪ Three confidential letters of reference

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 19, 2022