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Super interested in theory but I don’t even know what in particular to look up.(r/musictheory)
There are a lot of courses. Any specific topics you’re interested in?
Edit: I’ll just list a few anyway that I’ve used in classes (this may not reflect all professors’ choices for the same subjects).
Tonal Harmony: Kostka-Payne – Tonal Harmony
Counterpoint 1: A Berklee book by the late professor Rick Applin. Some also use this Fux translation/adaptation
Counterpoint 2: Bach Inventions & Sinfonias (any edition, really)
“Advanced” Counterpoint: The Well-Tempered Clavier (again, any edition)
Early Twentieth-Century Harmony: Persichetti – Twentieth-Century Harmony
Post-Tonal Theory/Analysis: Straus – Intro to Post-Tonal Theory
Instrumentation/Orchestration: Adler – The Study of Orchestration & Casella/Mortari – The Technique of Contemporary Orchestration
Western Music History – Burkholder/Paiisca – A History of Western Music (8th or 9th edition)
Conducting 1 – Notion Conducting
Conducting 2 Notion + Stravinsky’s Petrushka
Berklee’s own (jazz-based) core harmony and ear-training curricula use Berklee textbooks written by professors which, as someone else mentioned, come unbound and shrink-wrapped at the bookstore. You can find older (PDF) versions of the Berklee harmony textbooks here. Of course this list only represents explicit book choices – there are a lot of excerpt-readings, and there’s a lot of instruction that isn’t found in these books even in the associated courses.