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M.M. in Theory Pedagogy

The Master of Music in Theory Pedagogy program offers teaching and research experiences in preparation for Ph.D. work in theory or theory pedagogy and for theory teaching in private, secondary, and college/university settings. The degree offers a teaching practicum along with a wide range of experiences in the areas of educational philosophy and psychology, the pedagogy of music theory, and advanced theory studies. Throughout the program, students work closely with experienced faculty strongly committed to teaching. This degree may be combined with a M.M. in Composition or a M.M. in Performance to broaden teaching opportunities and career opportunities. Download a sample Course of Study plan (PDF).

Students applying to this program must interview with the music theory faculty and submit samples of their writing.

  Credit Hours
MUHI 6335 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3
MUAS 6010 Recital Attendance (four terms) 0
MUHI (6000-level) chosen with adviser's approval 3
MUTH 6355 Pedagogy of Theory 3
MUTH (6000-level) chosen with adviser's approval 6
EDU 6322, Educational and Behavioral Psychology1 3
MUTH 6156, Practicum in Theory Pedagogy 1
MUTH 6250, Final Project in Theory Pedagogy 2
Electives chosen with adviser's approval2 9
Ensemble: two terms 0
Total Hours 30

1In exceptional cases, the department may allow the substitution of a suitable alternative course.
2Three hours must be in EDU, MPED, MPSY, MUED, or MUPD.

Additional Degree Requirements

At least three credit hours of the required coursework in MUHI and/or MUTH must be from 6000-level courses that are not double-listed.

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts



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Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies


Artist Diploma

M.M. in Composition

M.M. in Conducting - Choral

M.M. in Conducting - Instrumental

M.M. in Music Education

M.M. in Musicology

Master of Sacred Music

M.M. in Theory Pedagogy

Performer's Diploma

M.M. in Performance - Orchestral Instrument

M.M. in Performance - Organ

M.M. in Performance - Piano

M.M. in Performance - Voice

M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy

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Student Resources

Student Internships & Collaborations

MuSci Lab

Meadows Artist Bridge

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Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence

SMU Meadows Licensed Music Rights

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Opportunities for Non-Music Majors