This past fall, I was invited to the Society for Music Theory’s conference to present as a member of a panel to the Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group. Other members of the panel included Mary Arlin, John Covach, Michael Callahan, and Anna Gawboy. Each of us were asked to explore the question “What is Music Theory Pedagogy?”—a question which had not been addressed directly by the Music Theory Pedagogy interest group for many years.
Increasing the diversity and relevance of core courses within contemporary music curricula has been a primary research area of mine for the past decade. My remarks delivered on this panel provide some insight into my developing approach to these issues, as well as a glimpse into my own justifications for, at the very least, seriously considering change. A video recording of my remarks can be found below.