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Dr. Danny Stevens teaching

Dr. Danny Stevens

​Courses in Music Theory provide students with a set of portable tools that they can use in the various musical situations in which they might find themselves. These classes expose students to a broad array of approaches to understanding, analyzing, hearing, performing and composing music. Theory classes are an integral part of the core curriculum at the University of Delaware; all music majors take a four-semester sequence of both written theory and aural skills. Courses in counterpoint, orchestration, analysis, keyboard harmony and seminars are also available to students who wish to pursue more advanced work. By offering numerous ways to deepen one’s engagement with music, theory courses provide a solid foundation for musical experiences at the University of Delaware and beyond.

Student Opportunities

Dr. Jon Conrad teaching

​Dr. John Conrad

​Students majoring in Music Theory complete a rigorous program that prepares them to go on to graduate study in the field. In addition to working closely with the theory faculty, students receive mentoring and are encouraged to attend and present at regional and national conferences. Students majoring in Music Theory may also write an extended research paper on a related topic chosen in consultation with their adviser.


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  • School of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578