Music Theory Requirements

Applications to the Music Theory major are accepted at the graduate level only. The only exception made is for current NEC undergraduate performance or composition majors, who may apply during their second year to transfer into the Music Theory major or add Music Theory as a double major in the third year. We do not accept undergraduate transfers from outside institutions for the Music Theory major.

Music Theory applicants must submit materials that demonstrate background in theory (e.g., analytical papers, compositions). There is no performance audition as part of the Music Theory admission process, but applicants are asked to interview with faculty.

Supporting application materials should be uploaded as a part of the online application. These include:

  1. One of the following:
    • An extensive analytical paper
    • Three shorter analytical papers
    •  A composition and related paper
  2. An essay on personal interests in music, performance or composition experience, or expectations and professional goals.