Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Dr. Robert R. Bruner

Second Advisor

Mr. Francis McBeth

Third Advisor

Dr. Henry C. Lindsey


The purpose of this study is to determine the place of music theory in the curricula of seven selected colleges in Arkansas through a survey of the departments of music of these schools. This study is approached through comparison of semester hour requirements in theory, content of harmony courses, class procedures, and sims of the faculties.

The theory programs differed principally in the depth of study and methods of presentation. The majority of the faculties interviewed agreed that the purposes of theory were to represent fundamentals in a functional way and to contribute to the students' understanding of structure of music to better prepare them for artistic performance.

Tables are included to show what was required in music theory for the degrees offered by the schools. Textbooks used by the faculties are listed, and the content of harmony courses is given in tabular form.



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