Music Theory & Composition

The five full-time faculty members of UK theory & composition are engaged in active creation and research with distinction in popular music studies, pedagogy, Schenkerian studies, 19th-century music, and commissioned compositions.

UK offers PhD and MA degrees in music theory, the MM and DMA in composition, as well as a concentration in theory or composition within the BA degree.

Our program is small enough to enable extensive direct contact with faculty, and our graduates find themselves well-prepared for their careers or further study. Click here to find out about requirements or contact the coordinator of the Theory & Composition Division Kevin Holm-Hudson.

Certificate in Theory Pedagogy

The division also offers extended training in theory pedagogy for DMA and other doctoral students students in performance, composition, and other areas of emphasis; preparing them for faculty appointments that include duties in teaching theory. The program involves individual mentoring with theory faculty in addition to coursework.

Music Theory Faculty

137 Fine Arts Building
Associate Professor
Music Theory
109 Fine Arts and 103A Fine Arts
Associate Professor; Director of Music Theory Pedagogy Certificate Program
Music Theory
111 Fine Arts Building
Assistant Professor
Music Theory
FA 107B
Music Theory
111 FA
Part-Time Instructor
Office N/A
Assistant Professor
Music Theory and Composition
CFA 103A