At the undergraduate level, students interested in music theory can enter the BMus—History, Culture, and Theory in year 2 of the BMus degree; within this program, there is an option to specialize further in Music Theory.
The UofT Music History, Culture, and Theory program provides individuals with opportunities to think conceptually and critically, conduct original research, engage in analysis of a variety of musical styles, and synthesize ideas. This program is ideal for students who have a serious interest in musical meaning, in terms of how it is constructed and how it has been and continues to interact with societal forces. Students will develop finely tuned critical thinking and communication skills, applicable to a range of careers in music. In this flexible and personalized program, students may pursue a general path, with equal emphasis on music history, culture, and theory, or a specialist option, where more emphasis is placed in one area. Small class sizes, the depth and breadth associated with each course, ongoing mentorship, and a nurturing community within the program’s cohort are highlights of the program. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory colloquium series, which regularly hosts world-renowned scholars.
In addition to the four-semester sequence of music theory and music history courses required of all BMus students, UofT Music offers a range of advanced music theory electives.
For more details, visit Program Information (Music Theory, Bachelor of Music).