Music History and Music Theory

  • Collegium Musicum
    Students Maria Mannisto, Taro Kobayashi, and Madeline Bersamina in MUSEN 583, Collegium Musicum, directed by JoAnn Taricani.
  • Music Theory Colloquium
    Music Theory Colloquium at the University of Washington
  • Music theory classwork.
  • Lyric Conference speakers, Meany Theater
    Conference on "Invisible Music," May 2019: guest speakers Marissa Galvez (Stanford), Glenda Goodman (Pennsylvania), Amanda Eubanks Winkler (Syracuse), Mary Channen Caldwell (Pennsylvania).
  • Students in MUHST 400, Medieval Music, taught by Professor JoAnn Taricani, learn how to use the sightsinging method of Guido of Arezzo
    Students in MUHST 400, Medieval Music, taught by Professor JoAnn Taricani, learn how to use the sightsinging method of Guido of Arezzo
  • Professor Jonathan Bernard leads a seminar in Atonal Theory and Analysis.
    Professor Jonathan Bernard leads a seminar in Atonal Theory and Analysis.
  • Singers at the Shakespeare Conference
    Conference on "Shakespeare, Music, and Memory," April 2016, Collegium Musicum: Emerald Lessley, Linda Tsatsanis, John Lenti (Baroque guitar), Nathan Whittaker (Baroque cello).
  • Shakespeare Conference Speaker
    Conference on "Shakespeare, Music, and Memory," April 2016, Stephen Orgel (Stanford), keynote speaker.
  • Graduate student Olivia Caccione explores an illumination from a manuscript of Guillaume de Machaut.
    Graduate student Olivia Caccione explores an illumination from a manuscript of Guillaume de Machaut.

Delving into the styles, structures, and performance of music from antiquity to the new millennium, the programs in Music History and Music Theory offer coursework and degrees at all levels, providing students with the opportunity to focus on scholarly inquiry, stylistic analysis, and the discoveries that inform and advance all areas of study in music.

Multiple degree options

The School of Music offers multiple degree options in Music History and Music Theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Please follow the links in the right hand column of this page for details.

Study with distinguished faculty

Faculty in both programs are engaged as respected scholars, authors, and educators with wide-ranging research interests in multiple areas and eras of music. Students in the program engage in scholarly work enhanced and informed by participation (as listeners and performers) in the School’s vibrant performance program and immersion in Seattle’s energetic arts scene. 

Follow the links below for details about each area of study.