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.

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

  • This work 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 goal is to present a curriculum flexible enough to work at a variety of institutions and for a variety of experience levels. One crucial benefit of this approach is that it can be easily adapted to work with non-majors and even non-musicians. 
  • 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