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Dr. Tim Koozin

Timothy Koozin
Professor of Music Theory
Music Theory Department Chair

Phone: 713-743-3318
Office: MSM 148

Welcome to Music Theory at the UH Moores School of Music! Qualified graduate music students in all degree programs are encouraged to apply for the Music Theory Teaching Assistantships awarded each academic year. Our M.M. Music Theory graduates have consistently garnered admission to high-level graduate programs, published research, and successfully pursued academic careers.

Please explore the links below or download our brochure to learn more about our programs and distinguished faculty.



  • Bachelor of Music

    The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory emphasizes aural skills, music analysis across a diverse range of musical repertoires, and writing. Incoming music students take a diagnostic exam to determine which courses will best meet the needs of the student (degree plan). In order to be fully admitted to the Music Theory major, students must complete all freshman- and sophomore-level theory and aural skills courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Minor in Music Theory

    The Minor in Music Theory curriculum emphasizes aural skills, music analysis across a diverse range of musical repertoires, and writing. All incoming music students take a music theory diagnostic exam to determine which courses in the Music Theory core program will best meet the needs of the student.
  • Master of Music

    The Master of Music in Music Theory (degree plan) is a scholarly degree providing a foundation in both research and pedagogy and culminating in a master’s thesis. Students research a broad range of issues, musical repertoires, and approaches. It bridges the gap between undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, and prepares students for success in doctoral studies as well as in careers as professors and scholars. Degree candidates generally also hold a music theory teaching assistantship, gaining experience teaching under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Interviews for the M.M. Music Theory program are held on all audition days.

  • Teaching Assistantships

    Music theory teaching assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. They grant valuable professional experience teaching classes in the core undergraduate music theory program under the guidance of a faculty mentor. All graduate teaching assistants receive a stipend and scholarship. For out-of-state students, scholarship awards will activate in-state tuition rates. Interviews for these positions are held on all audition days, during which time applicants also take the graduate theory placement exam.

Guest Speakers

Each year the Moores School of Music brings distinguished guest speakers to campus to present colloquia and engage with our students. The Martha Suit Hallman Lecture in Music brings nationally known speakers to the Moores School of Music to address topics of interest to a broad community of students, scholars, artists and musicians. Recent guest speakers have included James Hepokoski, Michael Klein, and Robert Hatten.


The faculty provide a diverse music theory curriculum with advanced courses and special topic offerings every semester. Recent and upcoming music theory elective courses and seminars include:

  • Opera Analysis: Romantic to Modern (Lee)
  • Modern Women Composers (Murphy)
  • Analysis of Jazz and Popular Music (Koozin)
  • Analysis of Art Song (Murphy)
  • Post-Tonal Analysis (Snyder)
  • Sonata Theory (Lee)
  • Semiotic Approaches to Musical Analysis (Koozin)
  • Pedagogy of Music Theory (Snyder)
  • Seminar in World Music Theory (Lange)
  • Analysis of Rhythm and Meter (Murphy)
  • Schenkerian Analysis (Koozin)
  • Beethoven Symphonies (Durrani)
  • History of Theory (Snyder)
  • Seminar in Contemporary Music (Koozin)
  • Music and Text in Romantic Italian Opera (Davis)
  • Variation Forms and Techniques (Snyder)
  • The Music of Chopin (Koozin)
  • The Symphony Since Mahler (Maroney)
  • Doctoral Seminar in Music Theory (Snyder)

With over 600 students and nearly 100 faculty, the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston seeks to create a community of musical excellence and creativity in one of America’s most culturally diverse cities. The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university.