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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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]
Brad Osborn deposited Content and Correlational Analysis of a Corpus of MTV-Promoted Music Videos Aired Between 1990 and 1999 in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 3 weeks, 3 days ago
From 1990 to 1999 MTV promoted a series of 288 music videos called “Buzz Clips”, designed to highlight emerging artists and genres. Such promotion had a measurable impact on an artists’ earnings and record sales. To date, the kinds of musical and visual practices MTV promoted have not been quantitatively analyzed. Just what made some videos Buzzw…[Read more]
Identifying modes (.pdf, .mscx, .musicxml). Asks students to identify 20th-c. modes versus major/minor, circle inflected pitches, and explain how a pitch center is articulated. Music examples are transcribed from the TV show Great British Bake Off (music by Tom Howe). Designed for the still-in-development v. 2 of Open Music Theory.
Brad Osborn deposited Risers, Drops, and a Fourteen-Foot Cube: A Transmedia Analysis of Emil Nava, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna’s “This is What You Came For” in the group Society for Music Theory (SMT) on Humanities Commons 1 month, 2 weeks ago
A consideration of 14 collaborative music videos by Emil Nava and Calvin Harris, closing with a close analysis of their work on Rihanna’s “This is What You Came For” (2016).
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