Music theory offers musicians and scholars a concentrated study of patterns in music and their interpretation. This area of the BSOM plays special roles in promoting critical thinking, writing skills, musicianship, and undergraduate research. Our faculty is top-notch, with three PhDs in Music Theory from schools such as Eastman and Louisiana State University. Training is hands-on with lots of one-on-one faculty-student interaction. We have a proven track record of placing our graduates into prestigious programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Additionally, our undergraduate degree in music theory gives a musician a wide range of skills including writing, musical analysis, piano and singing proficiency, scholarly reading, and composition in different musical styles.

If accepted into the program, students take applied lessons on their instrument, and participate in our many well-known ensembles.

Music Theory Past Capstone Projects

Capstone projects are used by music theory majors to apply for graduate programs in music.

  • Name Title Advisor Year
    Meghan O’Harra The Impact of Metric Placement on the Perception of Modulation Kelly Francis 2020
    Joseph Grunkemeyer Narrative Ambiguity in Brahms Jeffrey Yunek 2020
    Nicole Hamel Aragorn: A Case of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth in Howard Shore’s Film Score from the Lord of the Rings Benjamin Wadsworth 2019
    Kristin Houston Tonal Ambiguity in Solo Piano Works of Thelonious Monk Benjamin Wadsworth 2019
    Alexander Peneton Leitmotifs in Progressive Rock Benjamin Wadsworth 2018
    Simon Needle On the Topic of Hip Hop: Topic Theory as Applied to the Works of Kendrick Lamar Benjamin Wadsworth 2018
    Kyle Green Chord Progressions and Sleep Quality Benjamin Wadsworth 2018
    Madison Coffey Minimalism, Form, and Meaning in Björk: An Analysis of Utopia Benjamin Wadsworth 2018
    Kelsey Woods The Reception of Sonata Form in Edvard Grieg’s Music Jeffrey Yunek 2018
    Joshua Little The Absolute Progression in Michael Giacchino’s Film Scores Benjamin Wadsworth 2017

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Dr. Wadsworth

Dr. Wadsworth and Theory majors at the South-Central Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting, Vanderbilt University, February 2020

Dr. Yunek and Simon Needle Present at the German Society for Popular Music Studies, Graz, Austria, November 19, 2017
Dr. Yunek and Simon Needle
Dr. Yunek

Dr. Yunek Teaching a Theory Class at KSU (undated)
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Faculty

Name
Position
  • benjamin wadsworth

    Professor of Music Theory

    bwadswo2@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-4375
    MU 119

    Website
  • judy cole

    Senior Lecturer of Music

    jcole51@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-6151
    WB 111

    Website
  • Associate Dean of College of the Arts and Associate Professor of Music

    pfieldin@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-5064
    WB 215

    Website
  • Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music

    kfranc10@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-6151
    WB 111

    Website
  • Part-Time Instructor of Music

    chunt61@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-6151
    WB 111

  • tyrone jackson

    Senior Lecturer of Jazz Studies and Jazz Piano

    tjacks80@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-6151
    WB 111

    Website
  • jeff yunek

    Associate Professor of Music Theory

    jyunek@kennesaw.edu
    (470) 578-4542
    MU 110B

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