The music theory department at the Jacobs School of Music is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We strive to maintain an environment of respect for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. We promote the inclusion of varied opinions in our classrooms and interactions with one another, and the use of civil discourse to achieve these goals.
We recognize the contributions of women and underrepresented minority composers, performers, and scholars to the history of Western music, and are dedicated to including their voices in our curriculum. We believe in bringing our theoretical and analytical perspectives to as wide a body of repertoires as possible. At the same time, we acknowledge that diverse musical practices require diverse theoretical approaches, and work toward developing analytical methods that pay respect to musical repertoires on their own terms. Music theory and analysis help to illuminate aspects of music that we love, and to share those experiences with others; we strive to uphold this ideal as inclusively and richly as possible.