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Undergraduate: Music Theory

  • Program Overview

    Music Theory (MTY)

    The minor in Music Theory is designed to provide undergraduate students with a specialized knowledge in musicianship and the theory of music in addition to its history. It is particularly well-suited to students interested in honing their skills as musicians and offers more rigorous training in music analysis than the general track. Coursework includes an introduction to the study of music, courses in musicianship, music theory, only two semesters in a performance ensemble, and a choice of courses on specialized topics, including the study of popular musics, non-western musical traditions, music and gender, music technology, and the works of individual composers.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Minor in Music Theory (MTY) 

    The general Music minor (MUS) is designed for students who are interested in music but who do not seek training in more sophisticated aspects of music theory and musicianship. The Music Theory minor (MTY), for which students take Music major courses in theory and musicianship, is for students who want to acquire more specialized knowledge and skills in the areas of music theory and musicianship.

    Requirements for the Minor in Music Theory (MTX)

    All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. The minor requires a minimum of 20 credits.

    A Note on the Performance Requirement: With the permission of the director of undergraduate studies, students who do not pass the audition for one of the ensembles may fulfill the performance requirement through private lessons ( MUS 161-MUS 187). For students in the minor who fulfill the performance requirement through lessons, the ensemble corequisite for private lessons ( MUS 161-MUS 187) will be waived.

    1. Theory:

    • MUS 120 Elementary Musicianship, MUS 121 Musicianship I
    • MUS 220 Musicianship II, MUS 221 Musicianship III
    • MUS 321 Tonal Harmony I, MUS 322 Tonal Harmony II

    2. History:

    • MUS 101 and one course chosen from the following:  MUS 105 , 301-314, 319-320

    3. Performance:

    Two semesters of one or more of the following:

    • MUS 261 Stony Brook Chorale
    • MUS 262 University Orchestra
    • MUS 263 University Wind Ensemble
    • MUS 264 Jazz Ensemble
    • MUS 266 Guitar Workshop
    • MUS 267 Jazz Combo
    • MUS 268 Marching Band
    • MUS 235 Intro to African Drumming
    • MUS 335 Advanced African Drumming
    • MUS 271 Stony Brook Camerata
    • MUS 391 Chamber Music


  • Sequence
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    Music Theory (MTY)

    Minor in Music Theory

    Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences

    Chair: Perry Goldstein

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Deborah Heckert

    Undergraduate Secretary: Germaine Berry

    Office: 3304 Staller Center for the Arts

    Phone: (631) 632-7330




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