The Society for Music Theory promotes the development of and engagement with music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. We construe this discipline broadly as embracing all approaches, from conceptual to practical, and all perspectives, including those of the scholar, listener, composer, performer, teacher, and student. The Society is committed to fostering diversity, inclusivity, and gender equity in the field.
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In this talk, presented at the Plenary Session of the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory, I examine the relationship between time, embodiment, and affectivity in music. I argue that music is temporal not because it unfolds in time, or because it takes time as its vector, or even because it has the capacity to alter our sense of…[Read more]
Kendra Leonard deposited Cultural Diversity and the Musical Representation of California in Regional 1970s Television in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 1 week, 5 days ago
In 1970, a television-show dance contest in a small California town ended abruptly when the studio was briefly plunged into darkness because of an apparent power failure. The media coverage of the event eventually helped uncover criminal activity at the studio; over the course of this reporting, the narrative was accompanied by select genres of…[Read more]
This article presents an overview of a new pre-cadential schema in the galant style: the Volta. The Volta is a two-part schema featuring a prominent chromatic reversal: stage one charges up the dominant with a ♯4–5 melodic string, while stage two releases to the tonic using a ♮4–3 string. The schema sheds light on many aspects of galant music-m…[Read more]
The SMT Popular Music Interest Group has two awards to recognize recent research in pop music. The Outstanding Publication Award was established in 2012, and exists to acknowledge the best article, essay, or book involving the theory and/or analysis of popular music by a senior scholar. Since 2013, the PMIG also grants the Adam Krims Award to a j…[Read more]
Megan Lavengood deposited Bespoke Music Theory: A Modular Core Curriculum Designed for Audio Engineers, Classical Violinists, and Everyone in Between in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Traditional music theory curricula are increasingly scrutinized. Students regularly misunderstand the scope of epistemology and scope of theory, find theory intimidating and difficult, and fail to see its relevance to their career goals. In this essay, I outline a modular music theory curriculum, which works to address these negative perceptions…[Read more]
Kim Loeffert started the topic Survey on pedagogical use of music by composers from marginalized groups… in the discussion Society for Music Theory on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
You are invited to participate in an online survey on the pedagogical use of music by composers from marginalized groups and/or from outside the western canon in music theory. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary, and you may opt out of any question in the survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.…[Read more]
Claire Arthur started the topic Survey about techniques and approaches to pop music analysis in the discussion Society for Music Theory on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
A graduate student of mine has been working on building a website for assisting pop music analysis. We have created a survey intended to garner some feedback about how different pop music scholars approach analysis so that we can gain some insights as to what would be valuable to the greatest number of individuals. The survey should take 5-15…[Read more]
What’s in your research “pantry”? What topics, materials, and data are already on
your shelves or in your files, just waiting to become papers, presentations, or articles? The pandemic may have stopped many of us from some of our usual research, library, and archival work, but there is still a lot we can do using materials and information we have…[Read more]
Nominations DUE TOMORROW for the Pop Music Interest Group’s Outstanding Publication Award and the Adam Krims Award—click on these links to nominate. I encourage you to reflect on recent scholarship you’ve read that has positively impacted you. Self-nominations are especially encouraged! Note that to be eligible for an award, the publica…[Read more]
Professor Philip Ewell (City University of New York Graduate Center, Hunter College) spoke last fall at an SMT meeting about racism in the field of music theory and also recently published an article in SMT’s online journal on the topic. The Graduate Center this week published a piece about his talk, his paper, and the controversy surrounding it,…[Read more]
John Covach deposited “The Performer’s Experience: Positional Listening and Positional Analysis,” in G. Borio, G. Gioriani, A. Cecchi, and M. Lutzu, eds. Investigating Music Performance: Theoretical Models and Intersections (Routledge, 2020), 56-68. in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
This chapter presents an approach to musical listening and analysis that privileges the individual perspectives of performers in a rock ensemble. Using passages from Yes’s “And You And I,” this study examines how each musician hears the texture in different ways while each of these “positions” differs from the Ideal Listening Position, which is…[Read more]
John Covach deposited “Popular Music in the Theory Classroom,” in The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, edited by Leigh VanHandel (Routledge, 2020), pp. 331-339. in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
This chapter considers the role of popular music in the undergraduate music theory curriculum, proposing three models for integrating pop into theory teaching.
John Covach deposited “Jimmy Miller, the Rolling Stones, and Beggars Banquet,” in “They Call My Name Disturbance”: Beggars Banquet and the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Revolution, edited by Russell Reising (Routledge, 2020), pp. 19-25. in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago
This paper surveys the career of Jimmy Miller and explores his role as producer for the Rolling Stones, with particular emphasis on Beggars Banquet.
Christine Boone started the topic PMIG 2020 Publication Awards – Nominations Sought! in the discussion Society for Music Theory on Humanities Commons 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Nominations are officially open for the Pop Music Interest Group’s Outstanding Publication Award and the Adam Krims Award—click on these links to nominate. I encourage you to reflect on recent scholarship you’ve read that has positively impacted you. Self-nominations are especially encouraged! Note that to be eligible for an award, the publi…[Read more]
The deadline for proposals has been extended until 11:59 EST on Sunday, June 14.
Please note – There has not been a decision on whether or not SMT will convene in person in Minneapolis this year. Regardless, this panel discussion WILL happen, either in person, via Zoom, or a hybrid of the two. Please don’t let uncertainties regarding travel stop…[Read more]
AMS/SMT Minneapolis 2020:
Call for Participants in a Panel Discussion hosted by the Society for Music Theory’s Popular Music Interest Group
Panel Discussion: The Music of “Monstrous Men”: Negotiating Popular Music and the Musicians Who Make It.
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