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Mission statement

Founded in 1998, the SMT Popular Music Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory. Our goals include:

  • Ensuring academic recognition for popular music research.
  • Encouraging more scholars of music theory to engage popular repertoires.
  • Encouraging scholars of popular music to make effective use of musical analysis and theory.


The activities of this group include:

  • Proposing and presenting special sessions or round tables at the SMT Annual Meetings.
  • Holding a meeting at the SMT Annual Meetings for networking and exchange of ideas.
  • Maintaining a website and a Humanities Commons page for networking and promotion of ideas related to popular music theory and analysis.
  • Granting an annual award to an outstanding publication in the field of popular music theory and analysis.

Upcoming and past conference activities can be found on the website.

Online presence and discussion

A website maintained by the members of the SMT Popular Music Interest Group may be found at https://smtpmig.hcommons.org. Archives from the old listserv List Archives are housed at that website. 

In lieu of a listserv, the Popular Music Interest Group also operates a Humanities Commons page , where members can share their writing or teaching materials, collaboratively edit documents like our Bibliography and Glossary, and post on a discussion board. Create an account at Humanities Commons, then proceed to join the group.

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
Chair Emily Milius miliuseg@rocketmail.com

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 smt@societymusictheory.org 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 smt@societymusictheory.org.  


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


The deadline to reserve an exhibit booth is September 6

Program Guide Advertisements 

The final deadline to reserve a program guide ad is September 6