The University of Oklahoma's music theory students study in an environment that involves one-to-one mentorship by academic faculty scholars with a wide range of scholarly interests, including music theory pedagogy, history of music theory, Schenkerian analysis, 20th-century compositional techniques, semiotics, aesthetics, and more. The faculty scholars encourage students to engage in similarly diverse subjects.
The Norton Series celebrates the memory of composer, conductor, and pianist Spencer H. Norton. Norton served the University School of Music as a faculty member for 41 years. He was the director of the school from 1947 to 1950, and in 1960 was appointed George Lynn Cross Research Professor, the highest research honor that a faculty member may receive at OU.