Each one of the three universities profiled below has received a ranking or recognition from Forbes or U.S. News & World Report. All three schools offer bachelor's degree programs in music theory; graduate studies leading to either a master's or doctoral degree are also available.
1. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI
|School Highlight: Students in the university's School of Music, Theatre and Dance can take advantage of low student-faculty ratios.|
The first public college in the Northwest Territories, the University of Michigan (UM) ranked #29 on U.S. News & World Report's list of best national universities for 2015. UM offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory program as well as a Bachelor of Musical Arts. Although no master's degree programs in music theory are available at UM, the school does offer a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Theory and a Doctor of Philosophy in Composition and Music Theory. A certificate program in music theory pedagogy is available, too.
2. Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
|School Highlight: Northwestern University (NU) is a private college that ranked 19th on the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges in 2015.|
Northwestern's Bienen School of Music offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory as well as a Master of Music in Theory. Also available is a music theory and cognition Ph.D. program that allows students to conduct research in such areas as popular music and tonality.
3. Boston University in Boston, MA
|School Highlight: This private school features 17 schools and colleges as well as 250 areas of study on two campuses.|
Boston University (BU) ranked #42 among U.S. News & World Report's national university rankings for 2015. Its School of Music offers a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory, through which students have the opportunity to create a unique composition. BU also offers a Master of Music in Music Theory, which includes advanced studies in composition and tonal analysis.
Top Music Theory Schools
|Baylor University||The Baylor School of Music is home to an MM in Music Theory program as well as more than 60 full-time faculty and around 400 students||Waco, TX|
|California Institute of Arts||Undergraduate students can pursue a music theory minor||Valencia, CA|
|Cornell University||Graduate students in the musicology program can pursue a minor in music theory||Ithaca, NY|
|The Juilliard School||Houses six different performance spaces and features an honors track offered by the Music Theory and Analysis Department||New York, NY|
|Michigan State University||Music theory master's degree program offers emphases in pedagogy or research||East Lansing, MI|