Theory & History

The Music History, Music Theory and Composition Area offers students the opportunity to put their musical activities in a broader cultural and analytical context. We believe that a well-rounded music educator or performer will seek out a deeper understanding of musical ideas in order to communicate with students or audiences.

Music Theory Curriculum

Music Study Skills

Music Theory & History Courses

  • Freshman Theory & Ear-Training
  • Sophomore Theory & Ear-Training
  • Orchestration
  • Form and Analysis
  • Composition
  • Music History I: Antiquity, Middle Ages & Renaissance Periods
  • Music History II: Baroque & Classical Periods
  • Music History III: Romantic & Twentieth Century Periods, World Music
  • History and Appreciation of Music 

Diagnostic Exam

Upper Division Study Guides

Music History & Music Theory Faculty

Courtney Grant

Dr. Courtney Grant


Viola, Ear Training, History and Appreciation of American Music
Dr. Matthew Haislip

Dr. Matthew Haislip

Assistant Professor

Horn, Chamber Music, Ear Training
Dr. Ryan Ross

Dr. Ryan Ross

Associate Professor

Music History, Music Appreciation
Rosângela Sebba

Dr. Rosângela  Sebba


Piano Lessons, Theory, Ear Training, Piano Area & Calendar Coordinator
Dr. James Sobaskie

Dr. James Sobaskie

Associate Professor

Theory, Ear Training, Composition, Theory Area Coordinator, Theory/History Division Chair