MusicMaster of Arts (MA Music Theory)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I was very happy with my undergraduate experience at Western, including the diverse opportunities offered and the incredibly knowledgeable faculty that the department employs. As such, I wasn’t ready to leave Western, and I’m very excited to be able to continue my studies in the Music Theory program!
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
I have two favourite places on campus to work. The first is my TA office, because it’s quiet and allows me a private place to focus on my work. The second is the Music Library, because of its knowledgeable research staff and the incredible collection tailored to my program.
Do you belong to any university or community groups?
I am fairly active in the university’s musical theatre community, serving as music director for various productions. Also, I am investigating joining a faculty-based ensemble, as I was a member of these ensembles throughout my undergraduate degree.
Have you worked as a TA or RA? If so, how did this benefit your academic career?
I am currently working as a marking TA. While this is a new and exciting venture for me, I have already gained insight into the creation of theory assignments, and using online class management systems like OWL.
What is your “dream” career?
Being involved in academia in one way or another, particularly as a professor, would be an ideal career path for me, but I’m also interested in careers relating to music theory pedagogy.
Program ContactAudrey Yardley-Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Program Assistant
Don Wright Faculty of MusicWestern University
Talbot College, Room 216
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85354
The MA in Music Theory exposes students to a wide range of recent and past scholarship in music theory. Students receive advanced training in music analysis, critical approaches to music-theoretical scholarship, and writing.
- 5 Terms (1.66 years)
- Full-time study
- Thesis-based or course-based
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- A Bachelor of Music in Music Theory or its equivalent (including courses in harmony and analysis of tonal and post-tonal works).
- Submission of recent work in analysis.
- Submission of a recent research paper as a writing sample.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version, 213 for the computer version, or 86 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9.
- January 15 - Acceptance notification in early March