A survey of practical skills and relevant pedagogical practices in music theory

The survey is available to take here.

The aim of this survey is twofold:

  • To determine music theory skills used by persons who practice or are involved in music-related activities
  • To investigate current pedagogical practices in music theory across the United States and Canada.

This survey contains multiple parts:

  • Part A: Questions regarding basic demographics and your undergraduate music training (for all participants).
  • Part B: Questions about musical practice for anyone who continues to be involved in music (whether full or part-time).
  • Part C: Questions about music theory teaching for any person that teaches one or more core undergraduate music theory courses in a higher-level institution in the United States or Canada.

A PDF version of the ICMPC 2021 poster is available to see here (the abstract is available here).

Any comments or questions can be sent to stefanie.acevedo[a]uconn.edu

Works Cited:

  • Chattah, J. et al. (2016). “Reflections on the Manifesto.” College Music Symposium 56. 
  • Ewell, P. (2020a). Music Theory’s White Racial Frame: Confronting Racism and Sexism in American Music Theory. (Blog)
  • Ewell, P. (2020b). “Music Theory and the White Racial Frame.” MTO 26.2.
  • Garland, E. (2020). “This Is How You Can Support the Independent Music Industry During COVID-19.” Vice.  
  • Marvin, E. (2018). “Music Theory Pedagogy Curricula in North America: Training the Next Generation.” JMTP 32: 59-78.
  • Molk, D. (2019). “Teaching inequality: Consequences of traditional music theory pedagogy.“  New Music USA. 11 December.
  • Molk, D. and M. Ohnona. (2020). “Promoting equity: Developing and anti-racist music theory classroom.” New Music USA, 29 January. 
  • Murphy, B. and B. McConville. (2017). “Music Theory Undergraduate Core Curriculum Survey: a 2017 Update.” JMTP 31: 176-228.
  • Palfy, C. and E. Gilson (2018). “The Hidden Curriculum in the Music Theory Classroom.” JMTP 32: 79-110.
  • Parsons, C. (2020). “Music and the Internet in the Age of COVID-19.” Early Music 48.3: 403-405.
  • Sarath, E. et al. (2014, rev. 2016). “Transforming Music Study from its Foundations.” College Music Society. 
  • Snodgrass, J.S. (2016a). “Current Status of Music Theory Teaching.” College Music Symposium 56. 
  • Snodgrass, J.S. (2016b). “Integration, Diversity, and Creativity: Reflections on the “Manifesto” from the College Music Society.” MTO 22.1.