Music Theory Spectrum

A leading journal in the field and an official publication of the Society for Music Theory, Music Theory Spectrum features articles on a wide range of topics in music theory and analysis, including aesthetics, critical theory and hermeneutics, history of theory, post-tonal theory, linear analysis, rhythm, music cognition, and the analysis of popular musics. The journal welcomes interdisciplinary articles revealing intersections with topics in other fields such as ethnomusicology, mathematics, musicology, philosophy, psychology, and performance.

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Beginning with volume 36/1, spring 2014, Music Theory Spectrum will be published by Oxford University Press. The forthcoming volumes, still published twice a year in hard copy, will be half again as large as in the past, moving from four full-length articles to six. We hope that this will alleviate the considerable backlog of accepted articles and reviews. Our move to OUP will also signal enhanced capabilities for augmenting published articles with online supplements. Once we are up and running with OUP, articles and reviews will appear online, on a revolving schedule, prior to their publication in hard copy. First contact for authors will remain the same: Michael Cherlin, Editor,