Music Theory

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Course Information
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 
Contact Hours: 

Any prerequisites necessary for intermediate and/or advanced course levels in Music Theory, as demonstrated on a transcript.

Additional student cost: 

The cost of all music-related course work is included in the program fee for Music: Tradition & Innovation students. Students in the Italy Today and Business Studies programs may have an additional fee for the private instruction.


Music Theory is an indiviually customized course for Music students studying various forms of Music Theory. The course can be taught in Italian and/or tailor-made projects on Music Theory study can be conducted in English. The course is supervised by professional Milanese musicians who are paired with students based on a student's background, skills, and requirements in Music Theory. The number of credits awarded is determined by the number of contact hours with the instructor, the number of hours of private homework and the various forms of assessment. 

Attendance policy: 

Regular class attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend classes each day, including course-related excursions.

IES Abroad Milano allows a maximum of TWO excused absences per semester. Each further absence will automatically result in a penalty of two points off (2/100) on the final grade. SEVEN absences per course (including 2 excused absences) will result in a failing grade for that course. Furthermore, an absence on the date of scheduled tests, presentations or quizzes does not entitle you to recover/reschedule such tests. Failure to attend your midterm and/or final exam will result in an F grade on that paper/exam.

Method of presentation: 

Personal instruction


Content for a Music Theory course varies by a student's background, language ability and needs in a theory course. Students who wish to take a Music Theory course in Milan should be prepared to provide a syllabus of an equivalent course from their home campus to the Music Coordinator in Milan, who will match students with an instructor.