Music Theory

Theories of music describe ways that listeners, composers, and performers conceive of the elements of their art. The study of theory, then, informs all aspects of musical learning at UBC.

Our faculty includes internationally known researchers who contribute to theories and analysis of modernist and contemporary art music, theories of rhythm and meter, performance analysis, and the analysis of Western art music and world music.

We bring a broad perspective to the basic theory courses required of our undergraduates and provide flexible and expert supervision for graduate student research. Students in our graduate programs are mentored professionally through intensive seminars, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and conference participation. We welcome interdisciplinary research involving musicology, ethnomusicology, mathematics, linguistics, and other musically pertinent areas.

Programs offered


Dr. Leigh VanHandel

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