My current research on music theory pedagogy arose from my work on Stravinsky and centers on the teaching of post-tonal theory. This research began with a conference talk that I converted into an article currently under review at a peer-reviewed journal. This article draws on Alex Ross's book, The Rest is Noise, in order to develop a historically contextual post-tonal curriculum that integrates theory, analysis, history, ear-training, and writing into a unified framework in which the music rather than the analytical tools drive the curriculum. The resulting curriculum is flexible enough to work at a variety of institutions and for a variety of experience levels including non-majors and even non-musicians. In future research, I intend to explore the uses of technology and cognitive psychology research in the classroom.

I also plan to expand my work to include research exploring the uses of interactive electronic mediums such as iPhone apps, interactive PDFs, and web pages for both theory and aural skills classrooms. If you are interested in my ongoing work in this area, feel free to email me. 

Articles

The Rest is Noise: A Modular, Historically Integrated Approach to Post-Tonal Pedagogy (Co-authored with amy fleming) – Under Review

Conference Papers

The Rest is Noise: A Modular, Historically Integrated Approach to Post-Tonal Pedagogy (Co-authored with amy fleming) (Handout 1) (Handout 2

  • Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century, Cleveland, TN (2017) 

Tools in Progress

Iphone application for tonal ear training 

  • Guided Bass Dictation
  • Melodic dictation practice with practical advice
  • Harmonic dictation practice

Iphone application for post-tonal ear training

  • Trichord dictation practice with practical advice
  • Melodic dictation practice 
  • Progressive intervallic ear training
  • Interval class identification practice