The division places great emphasis on merging the theoretical with the practical in biennial graduate student conferences, an in-house and student-run journal, residencies by leading composers and a robust lecture series featuring distinguished speakers. It serves as a resource for all music students, enriching the already active musical atmosphere of the college.
Coursework for the MM and PhD degrees in musicology and theory is comprehensive and rigourous. It includes seminars, special topics courses, colloquia and professional development. These degrees offer a unique opportunity to pursue an academic discipline in a performance-oriented school.
The BM, MM and DMA degrees in composition include one-on-one composition lessons and ample opportunities to work with CCM ensembles and community organizations for hearings and performances. The division is also closely tied to UC's Albino Gorno Memorial Library/CCM Library, which boasts nearly 200,000 volumes of books and journals, scores, audio and video recordings and microforms.