These undergraduate syllabi are the winners of the SMT's Diversity Course Design award and together serve as a model for other instructors of music theory in implementing an inclusive music theory curriculum.

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About the award

Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and social justice are important goals of the Society for Music Theory. These goals cannot simply be proclaimed; we must all work toward them. There is no better starting point than in our undergraduate classrooms. It is for this reason that the SMT introduces the Award for Diversity Course Design.

This annual award will honor an outstanding undergraduate syllabus that promotes diversity in music theory. The award underscores our commitment to these goals in practical ways: the winning entry (as well as any honorable mentions chosen by the committee) will be posted on the SMT website to serve as a model. Over the years, a range of best practices will emerge that can change what we teach and how we teach it.

Learn more about the award, including the application and award process

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Diversity Course Design Award-Winning Syllabi
Year Sort descending Instructor Course Title Tags Syllabus PDF
Tenzer, Michael Musical Rhythm and Human Experience unlearning, transcription, language, pitch, rhythm, texture, decolonization, africa, indonesia view
Duinker, Ben and Claire McLeish Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture hip hop, rap, genre, lyrics, race, gender, rhythm, timbre, linguistics view
Conlee, Jade Advanced Musicianship & Aural Skills aural skills, antiracism, hidden curriculum, tokenism, core theory, media theory, jazz, assessment, chromaticism view
Acevedo, Stefanie and Toby Rush Theory of Music I Theory I, fundamentals, sound, acoustics, notation, core theory view
Yu Wang, Anna Critical Methodologies for Music Theory ethnography, cross-cultural, global, listener positionality, acoustics, Theory I, core theory, notation, analysis, fundamentals view
London, Justin Theory II: Musical Structures project-based, psychoacoustics, organology, timbre, rhythm, meter, scale theory, writing intensive, performance, corpus study, theory ii view
Lubell, Gabriel Z211: Music Theory II timbre, melody, texture, rhythm, patterns, embodiment, genre, space, non-majors, listening, mode, scales view
Yust, Jason Music Theories of the World tuning, mode, rhythm, gamelan, maqam, dastgah, raga, tala, clave, polyrhythm view
Dodson, Alan Meter & Timing Across Cultures expressive timing, meter, recordings, transcription, ungrading, world music view