Beth Hiser, Department Chair
Kulas Musical Arts Building
BW and Beyond
Music Theory and Music History & Literature are ideal as single majors or as a companion for a double major. Our program offers ideal preparation for graduate studies. Graduates have pursued master's and doctoral degrees at schools including:
- The University of Rochester – Eastman School of Music
- The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
- Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University
- Yale University School of Music
- Brandeis University
- The University of Michigan School of Music
- Westminster Choir College
- The University of Colorado at Boulder College of Music
Music Theory and Music History & Literature
Our faculty boasts published authors, established musicians, highly successful composers and researchers with interests in Renaissance music, world music, film music, post-tonal theory, pedagogy of music theory, harmonic function, to name a few. You'll likely find that your research interests will align with those of our outstanding faculty members.
In addition to our diverse teaching staff, students have access to the Riemenschneider Bach Institute, a renown research center dedicated to J.S. Bach. The Institute houses rare items related to J. S. Bach and his circle as well as historical reference materials, scores, and a collection of classic recordings relevant to the work of our students.
Many Music Theory and Music History & Literature students go on to pursue graduate degrees. Our faculty prepares students for successful graduate careers by requiring that all students complete research, a presentation and a practicum prior to graduation from BW. The practicum offers students a chance to work with Conservatory professors and students as research or teaching assistants. As a result, our students are successful; they are accepted to prestigious graduate programs and are awarded teaching assistantships.