Music Theory

A combination of artistic education and theoretical reflection is at the core of the principal subject of Music Theory, in the bachelor’s degree programme as well as the master’s degree programme. During the bachelor programme the training aims to provide thorough knowledge, skills and insights in all major fields of music theory- including Analysis, Harmony, Counterpoint, and Instrumentation - and thereby to cover all major periods in the history of Western Music Theory. The students also acquire teaching skills, and they learn how to work with (young) musicians in a variety of practical settings. Bachelors qualify as teachers at the pre-college level and at institutions for amateur music, but they may also be employed to teach in the first year of a conservatory programme.

Depending on the prior knowledge and experience of the new students, it will be decided in which year of the programme they begin. This decision will be taken after the entrance exam. 

It is also possible to complete a substantial part of the bachelor’s programme in addition to another principal subject. This earns the student special annotation (Music Theory) on their diploma for this subject.

Once a month, all students may attend the 'colloquium', in which various subjects regarding music theory are discussed: students' and teachers' works in progress, guest speakers from both inside and outside the CvA, debates, discussions, lectures on publications, current events, controversies, etc.

Head of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory
Michiel Schuijer

Section representative
John Koslovsky

Admission requirements

* specific aptitude for the various elements of music theory
* written and oral tests in the area of analysis, harmony and counterpoint
* extensive ear tests
* reasonable proficiency in a keyboard instrument
* a command of the English, German and French languages

N.B.: A number of papers are to be submitted well before the examination takes place: the section representative may be consulted about this.

The master’s degree programme in Music Theory prepares its students for a career as a teacher of theoretical subjects at an institution for professional musical education or at a university. In addition to a continued and more specialized professional training, this programme focuses particularly on the practice of teaching music theory in higher education. Within that framework, wide-ranging internships at conservatories are organized. The students also carry out a research project. They choose their own topic, in consultation with their advisors. The master's degree teaching programme in music theory sets stringent requirements with respect to the student's artistic abilities (playing ability and hearing in particular).

Once a month, all students may attend the 'colloquium', in which various subjects regarding music theory are discussed: students' and teachers' works in progress, guest speakers from both inside and outside the CvA, debates, discussions, lectures on publications, current events, controversies, etc.

Curriculum

Principal subject (80 credits)
* Early Music - analysis, writing skills, literature
* Classical and Romantic music - analysis, writing skills, literature
* music of the 20th en 21st centuries - analysis, writing skills, literature
One of the three subjects above should be taken as a major, which means that it extends over the full period of two years. The other two will then be minors, to be scheduled in the first year.
* advanced music theory pedagogy and internships
* improvisation skills
Research (10 credits)
Master electives (20 credits)
Individual credits (10)

Admission requirements
* A bachelor's degree in Music Theory or an equivalent degree
* An interview

N.B.: A number of papers are to be submitted well before the examination takes place: the section representative section should be consulted about this.

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