We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of Music Theory Online. 

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What’s hotter than the late-spring heat wave gripping the western United States? A new issue of Music Theory Online! We at MTO are proud to present Volume 27, Issue 2.

We welcome submissions on topics of interest to a diverse music theory community at any time.

Enjoy your summer reading!

Mitch Ohriner, University of Denver, editor
Brent Auerbach, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, associate editor
Inessa Bazayev, Louisiana State University, associate editor
Jenine Brown, Carnegie Mellon University, associate editor
Brad Osborn, University of Kansas, associate editor
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Symposium on Aural Skills and Cognition

A Cognitive Basis for Choosing a Solmization System - Gary S. Karpinski (The University of Massachusetts Amherst)

What Are the Truly Aural Skills? - Timothy Chenette (Utah State University)

Developing Musical Imagery: Contributions from Pedagogy and Cognitive Science - Sarah Gates (Northwestern University)

Rethinking Aural Skills Instruction through Cognitive Research: A Response - Elizabeth Marvin (Eastman School of Music)


Asymmetrical Meter, Ostinati, and Cycles in the Music of Tigran Hamasyan - Scott Charles Schumann (Central Michigan University)

Flexible Ostinati, Groove, and Formal Process in Craig Taborn’s Avenging Angel - Antares Boyle (Portland State University)

The Shapes and Functions of Continuous Processes in Contemporary Electronic Dance Music - Jeremy Walter Smith (University of Louisville)

War and the Musical Grotesque in Crumb’s “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” - Abigail Shupe (Colorado State University)

Melody on the Threshold in Spectral Music - James Donaldson (McGill University)

Reframing Generated Rhythms and the Metric Matrix as Projections of Higher-Dimensional Lattices in Scott Joplin’s Music - Joshua Hahn (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Violin Phase and the Experience of Time, or Why Does Process Music Work? - Mariusz Kozak (Columbia University)


Review of Victoria Malawey, A Blaze of Light in Every Word: Analyzing the Popular Singing Voice (Oxford University Press, 2020) - Michéle Duguay (CUNY Graduate Center)

Music Theory’s Visceral Turn, a Review of Roger Mathew Grant's Peculiar Attunements: How Affect Theory Turned Musical (Fordham University Press, 2020) - Stephen Kovaciny (Madison, WI)