The theory segment of the undergraduate core curriculum is a five-semester sequence. This sequence is divided into two coordinated series of courses, one to develop aural musicianship and another to develop music-analytical and written compositional skills. Placement in theory classes depends upon the ability, background, and individual needs of each student, as determined by written examinations and interviews during orientation.
Individual Tutoring for Undergraduate Students Taking Theory Courses
A small fund is available to provide individual tutoring for undergraduates in the core program who need special support in aural and written theory.
Only students registered for a core theory course may apply for this tutoring, which you should do through your instructor.
The department allocates resources on the basis of a recommendation from your instructor, normally based on an assessment of your work around the middle of the fall term, or in January for the spring term.
Depending on the demand, you may receive free tutoring or you may be required to pay half the cost.
If the instructor recommends tutoring and the department is not able to provide this for you, we can recommend a tutor but in these circumstances you would have to make your own arrangements for lessons and payment.
Please note that if you miss a lesson with a theory tutor without prior agreement or a reasonable excuse, your tutoring will cease and you will not be eligible for tutoring in the future. In the case of tutoring paid or partly paid by the department, there is no appeal against this decision.