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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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 1 month, 1 week 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 1 month, 1 week 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 1 month, 1 week 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 2 months, 1 week 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.
This chapter develops two claims that are central to the book’s overall argument. The first is that certain temporal musical objects exist only as ephemera—always remaining outside of symbolic representation. These objects are constituted by lived time, or time as it shows up in human lives. The second claim is that the ephemeral meaning of mus…[Read more]
Voicemeeter is an excellent tool for Windows PC users if you want to record your voice together with the audio coming from your PC. Its user manual provides a simple guide for setup.
A summary of the structure and objectives of Arnie Cox’s “Music By Ear” program, a complete system of aural skills pedagogy rooted in memorization and dictation of a variety of repertoire. Music by Ear can be executed, with some modifications, asynchronously and online in response to COVID-19. (Note: this document and this method are the work of…[Read more]
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