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Mission statement

The SMT History of Theory Interest group aims to bring together scholars interested in the history of music theory, broadly construed. During annual meetings, the group fosters the development of new connections between scholars and facilitates the in-person exchange of ideas. It also presents a forum in its meetings and proposed evening panels for presenting new research and engaging with questions of pedagogy, methodology, and the like.


In addition to special sessions and workshops held at annual meetings, the SMT History of Theory Interest Group and the AMS History of Theory Study Group together mount occasional conferences and other events. Past activities are listed below.

Online presence and discussion

The group maintains a website and mailing list. You can also connect on Twitter and Facebook.

How to join

There are no requirements for membership; simply attend our meetings at annual SMT meetings to participate.

Leadership and Contact Info
Role Name Email
Co-chair Abigail Shupe
Co-Chiar Daniel Walden
Past Activities
July 2018

We convened a working group, “Future Histories of Music Theory,” at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt. 

Following on that meeting, the leadership of our groups collectively authored a short position piece on the global turn in the history of theory for the International Musicological Society’s Musicological Brainfood.

The essay, as well as more information about the working group, can be found online here

SMT 2017

We convened an AMS pre-conference, “Instruments of Music Theory,” which took place at the Hatch Recital Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.


SMT Jacksonville 2024

The Society for Music Theory celebrates its forty-seventh Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, November 7–10, 2024.


Visit Jacksonville built a microsite for our attendees to use. Visit the site to learn more about Jacksonville, including where to eat, what to do, and how to get there.


Information about the conference can be found on the SMT website

Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel (225 E Coastline Drive) has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees. The rates are $169/night for single and double occupancy; $194/night for triple occupancy; $219/night for quadruple occupancy; and $169 for student quadruple occupancy (limited rooms available). Hotel reservations for non-students may be made online.  SMT student members should have received an email with a code to reserve at the student rate; please email Jennifer Diaz at if you did not receive the email. 

Using the conference room block at this hotel helps us meet our contractual obligations and keeps you close to all conference activities.

Conference Registration

Conference registration is open and available on our website. The rates are as follows:

Rate Category Early (6/01–9/27/2024) Regular (9/28–11/1/2024)
Student or low-income $70.00 $95.00
Emeritus/Retired $100.00 $135.00
Standard $130.00 $175.00
Student Helpers

We are in need of student volunteers to assist during the conference. Volunteers will receive a registration fee waiver in exchange for 6.5 hours of service. The deadline to apply is September 6

Hotel Accessibility

Every effort will be made to meet the unique requirements of all attendees. For specific needs or questions please contact Jennifer Diaz, Executive Director, at  


The Society provides several sponsorship opportunities for organizations at our Annual Meeting. 


The deadline to reserve an exhibit booth is September 6

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