Theory & Composition

Our Program Concentrations

Theory & Composition at UNM is a vibrant area within the music department boasting a large, diverse faculty that works well together and a remarkable team of unique and talented students

Students work impressively as a community meeting weekly to develop collaborative projects, performances and concerts and to discuss relevant issues and share scholarly work. With a broad array of high-level course offerings in theory, composition and music technology, the BM and MM degrees in Theory-Composition are flexibly constructed to allow students to find the curriculum that’s best suited to their short-term and long-term goals and needs. From the creation of fully theatrical collaborative multi-media shows, to professional conference invitations and publications, to acceptance letters from top-tier doctoral programs, we are extremely proud of what our students accomplish.

“I was first introduced to the world of professional music theory at UNM. Starting on day one in the program, I gained experience teaching theory at a very high level, I learned about the current trends in our academic discipline as well as its rich history, and I received expert guidance on papers and projects from inception to completion. The mentorship continued even after graduation. The relationships I formed with the faculty led me to conferences and adjunct positions, then directly to one of the top Ph.D. programs in the field, and ultimately to a tenure-track job. I fondly see UNM as the foundational experience in my career.”
Thomas Robinson

Associate Professor of Music Theory, University of Alabama

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