Peer Learning Program workshops are three-hour seminars led by prominent scholars. They provide the opportunity to learn—from the workshop leader as well as from peers—new perspectives on fundamental issues in music theory, and to apply that learning to research and teaching. The topics range widely across music-theoretical research and teaching interests. 



The program is intended to encourage “thinking together,” in the spirit of the Mannes Institute founded by Wayne Alpern and organized by him during the years 2001–11. 

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Eligibility and selection

  • The workshops are open to all members of the Society who have completed a doctoral degree. (Separate workshop opportunities are also available to those who have not completed a Ph.D.)
  • Participants are selected by a random draw from the pool of eligible applicants.
  • Prior PLP participants are permitted to apply, but preference will be given to first-time applicants.
  • To encourage interaction, each workshop is limited to approximately 10–12 participants.




  • Please note that PLP workshops will take place the morning of Thursday, November 7; by applying you are committing to arrive at the conference in time to participate in the workshop.
  • Some reading and mental preparation are required, but not extensive written assignments, in consideration of the professional responsibilities of the participants.


There is no fee to participate in the program. Participants are responsible, however, for the cost of SMT membership and conference registration (but not at the time of application), as well as for other expenses of attendance, including transportation, housing, and meals.


The 2024 Workshops will be announced in the spring.


For additional information, please contact the Chair of the Committee on Workshop Programs

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