Study information

The Master’s programme in Theory of Music builds on the knowledge you have acquired in the Bachelor’s course. With this Master’s degree you will be fully qualified to teach music theory at every level, including at a conservatory or the Musicology faculty at a university. The vast majority of jobs that are advertised today stipulate a Master’s degree as a requirement.

There are three main strands to the two-year Master’s curriculum.

The first is the métier: these are modules covering the core repertoire of this variant of the Master’s programme − Western music from the late Renaissance to the present day. You will learn to follow the Analysis/Creating Music/Literature model and will also be able to take various electives.

The second strand is the research: the research is conducted into subjects relating to ‘the notes’ or to methodology. In the latter case, an exchange with the Master in the Kodály method at the Royal Conservatoire can possibly be arranged. You will be expected to present the results of your research in an article (which is suitable for publication) and in an oral presentation. You will engage fully with the music theory community and play an active part in the international discourse on music theory by writing papers and participating at conferences , symposia, study days, etc.

The third strand is methodology: you will perform research into a specific aspect of methodology and present the results in writing and orally. In that context, you will also participate actively in the international discourse (in this case specifically with respect to the teaching of music).

The course is a Master’s specialisation. You can determine the direction you wish to take and the curriculum yourself. The focus can be on analysis, creating music (compositional and/or improvisational) and specific methodological issues in relation to the musical repertoire from the late Renaissance up to the present. In September 2017 the Royal Conservatoire will start offering a full Master in Theory of Early Music, which will focus specifically on music theory from the Middle Ages up to the early Romantic period.






2 years


Master of Music

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Department head

Paul Scheepers

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