Adjunct, Lecturers, and Scholars on the Job Market Group

Saturday, October 31st, 7:30-8:30, in the Grand H

This meeting is open to all members of SMT, but I would like to extend a special invitation to current adjunct and non-tenure-track (NTT) members. At this meeting, we will discuss topics including, but not limited to:

  1. SMT’s resources for under-supported scholars;
  2. Data collection to get an accurate membership profile (i.e. what percentages of members are TT, NTT, adjunct, etc.);
  3. Establishing best practices for the hiring of NTT theory instructors and professors;
  4. Collaboration with the professional development committee to include resources for adjunct-specific mentoring;
  5. Data collection related to courses that NTT professors are asked to teach, and plans for providing resources for the teaching of those courses;
  6. Planning a joint panel with the AMS Committee for Membership and Professional Development for SMT/AMS 2016.

Early Music Analysis Interest Group

Saturday, October 31,12-1:45 in Sterling 3

Meeting agenda:

  • Sing through the Agnus Dei of Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli (tentative).
  • Discussion of the possibility of creating a conference on early music analysis.
  • Election and further discussion.

Analysis of World Music Interest Group

Saturday, October 31 from 12:00-1:45 in Grand C

Exploring Sonic Design in Asian Traditional Music: Indonesian Gamelan, North Chinese Buddhist Music, and Tuvan Multiphonic Throat Singing

  • Jay Rahn, York University (Toronto), Pitches and Timbres in the Gamelan Kyai Parijata
  • Beth Szczepanski, Lewis and Clark College, Impossible Melodies: Pitch Paradoxes and Spectral Analysis in Traditional Shengguan music of North China
  • Lawrence Shuster, College of St Rose, Mapping Spectral Sets and Morphologies in Tuvan Multiphonic Throat Singing

For more information about the session, including abstracts, click here.

Film and Multimedia Interest Group

Friday, October 30, 5:00 – 7:00 – Grand F

This year's meeting will consist of 10-minute lightning talks:

  • Sean Atkinson (Texas Christian University), "Topics in Video Game Music: The Sky in Recent Nintendo Franchise Games"
  • David Bashwiner (University of New Mexico), "Casino Royale's' First Chase Sequence in 'Multi-Score': Music, Drama, Camerawork"
  • Juan Chattah (University of Miami), "Temporality and Embodiment in Film Music"
  • Enoch Jacobus, "Choose Your Own Adventure—Sort Of: Soundtrack Choices in Beat Hazard Ultra"
  • Jason Jedlicka (Indiana University), "Topics in Video Game Music: The Sky in Recent Nintendo Franchise Games"
  • Timothy Koozin (University of Houston), "Musical Irony and Political Resistance in Toru Takemitsu's Film Collaborations with Masahiro Shinoda"
  • Greg McCandless (Appalachian State University), "A Proposal for Integrated Commercial Musicianship Training"
  • Alex Newton, " 'Can You Hear Me Now?': Audiovisual Branding and the Sonic Logo"
  • Peter Smucker (Stetson University), "Changing Musical Functions of the Moonlight Sonata in Computer Games"
  • Caitlyn Trevor (Ohio State University), "Doubled Tragic Affect: The Emotional Transferability of Vesper's Theme in the Film Casino Royale"

Abstracts can be found here.

Interest Group on Improvisation

Friday, October 30, 5:00 to 7:00

This year's meeting will involve five interactive presentation/workshops on themes of improvisation in the music theory classroom, covering a broad range of genres and pedagogical methodologies. We encourage all interested SMT members to attend and participate. A zip file containing materials for the meeting can be found here.

The five workshops are:

  • Scott Murphy (University of Kansas), "Impromptu Discernment of Canonic Potential" Handout
  • Johnandrew Slonimski and Gilad Rabinovitch (Eastman School of Music), "Partimenti and Galant Schemata: Historical and Modern Tools for Teaching Improvisation"
  • Nancy Rogers (Florida State University), "Leading by the Ear: Improvising Harmony in the Music Theory Classroom."
  • Ji Hyn Woo (SUNY Fredonia), "Having fun clapping and singing, while improvising a modal tune."
  • Taylor Carmona (University of Missouri Kansas City), "Melodic Conventions Through Improvisation"

History of Music Theory Interest Group

Friday, October 30, 5- 7 in Sterling 3

The History of Music Theory Interest Group will hold an open discussion on the role of translation in the history of music theory moderated by Joel Lester.

Jazz Interest Group

Saturday, October 31, from 12 to 1:45

The bulk of the meeting will be given over to a presentation by Tom Hojnacki (Berklee College of Music) on the Berklee system of jazz harmony. This system has been a part of the Berklee curricula since the 1960s, and has received renewed attention recently with the publication of The Berklee Book of Jazz Harmony (2013). Dan Harrison (Yale University), whose work with chromatic and extended harmony is well-known, and who presented "Extending Harmony to Extended Chords" at last year's meeting in Milwaukee, will act as respondent.

Mathematics of Music Analysis Group

October 30, from 5-7 in Grand A

The Mathematics of Music Analysis Group will be hosting a panel discussion on computational methods, featuring Ben Duane (Washington University), Jon Kochavi (Swarthmore), and Ian Quinn (Yale). We are also hosting a set of lightning talks from Aaron Carter-Cohn (Ohio State University), Stephen Hudson (Northwestern), and Bob Peck (Louisiana State University).

Music and Disability Interest Group


Saturday, October 31, 12 to 2, in Grand H.

The Music and Disability Interest Group will consider Lennard Davis's "Dismodernism Reconsidered" (chapter 2 from The End of Normal.

Brian Hyer and Jeff Perry will start the discussion with 5 minute responses; additional respondents and open discussion is encouraged.

Music and Philosophy Interest Group

Friday, October 30th, 12:00-1:45

At the meeting we will be discussing Frances Dyson's new book, The Tone of Our Times, beginning with a position paper by Naomi Waltham-Smith (University of Pennsylvania).

The book can be ordered either as a hard copy or ebook here.

Music Cognition Interest Group

Friday, October 30, 2015, 12:00–1:45, Grand A

Research Talks

  • David Bashwiner (University of New Mexico), "Musical Creativity "Revealed" in Brain Structure: Interplay between Motor, Default Mode, and Limbic Networks"
  • Nathan Martin (University of Michigan), "Cadence Type and Formal Function in Mozart"
  • Kristina Knowles (Northwestern University), "The Perception of Time in Contemporary Music: Methodological Conundrums"

Research + Pedagogy Talks

  • Ivan Jimenez (University of Pittsburgh), "Perceptual Salience and Conceptual Oversimplification"
  • Asaf Peres (University of Michigan), "From Static to Dynamic: Applying Different Modes of Listening to Pop Music"

Music Informatics Group

The SMT Music Informatics Group will be sponsoring two events:

Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group

Saturday October 31, 5:00–7:00

  • Bradley Osborne (University of Kansas) and Robin Attas (Elon University), "Short Assignments to Teach Prose Writing in Music Theory" Attas Handout Osborn Handout
  • "Damian Blättler (Rice University), The Galant Schemata Dice Game"
  • Jena Root (Youngstown State University), "Voices in a Groove: Pop/Rock as a Framework for Sight-Singing Fluency"
  • Ivan Jimenez (University of Pittsburgh), "Interaction between Harmony and Other Musical Parameters"
  • Andrew Aziz (Florida State University), "Hearing “What Might Have Been”: Recomposition and the Sonata Theory Learning Laboratory"
  • Jason Hooper (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Discovering Music Theory through Team-based Learning"

Performance and Analysis Interest Group

Friday, October 30, 12–1:45, Grand C

  • Timothy Chenette (Utah State University), What Can We Learn About Ars Subtilior Temporality from Mala Punica’s Performances?
  • Andrew M. Friedman (Harvard University), Performance Analyzing Analysis
  • Charise Hastings (Tallahassee, FL), Performers’ Analyses: Collating, Integrating, Assimilating
  • Peter Kaminsky (University of Connecticut), A Tale of Two Recordings and Their Analytical Ramifications: Jane Bathori, Pierre Bernac, and Debussy’s “Colloque sentimental” (Handout)

Popular Music Interest Group

Saturday, October 31, 5:00–7:00

Our main event will be a “Skill Share” session. In this session, PMIG members will give short talks about methods that they have used in their research, and share how you might use them as well. Following this, we’ll conduct a brief bit of business and adjourn in plenty of time for the evening’s festivities. We hope you can join us!

5:00–5:15 PMIG's Tech Tools

  • Dave Easley (Oklahoma City University), Cora Palfy (UNC-Chapel Hill), and Trevor de Clercq (Middle Tennessee State University)

5:15–6:30 PMIG Skill Share

  • Stefanie Acevedo (Yale University) and Janet Bourne (Northwestern): "Using Empirical Methods to Study Popular Music” Handout
  • Trevor de Clercq (Middle Tennessee State University): "The Nashville Number System: A Harmonic Notation for Popular Music”
  • Nancy Murphy (University of British Columbia): "Text, Timing, and the Blues in Dylan's 'Down the Highway’”

6:30–7:00 Business Meeting

Post-1945 Music Analysis Interest Group

Friday, 30 October 2015 at 12:25 (in room Grand H)

Experimentation, Intention, and Influence in Analysis and Composition: What Post-1945 Music Teaches Us About These Issues

Following a brief business discussion, we will hear three short papers by Zachary Bernstein, Bruce Quaglia, and Christopher Gainey. After the presentations, there will be a discussion of Lydia Goehr’s “Dissonant Works and the Listening Public” and its applications to post-1945 music analysis.

Queer Resource Group

Regular meeting: Friday, October 30, 12:00-1:45, Grand F.

  • Karen Secrist (St. Louis University), Latino/a performance studies, gender and sexuality
  • Miriam Piilonen (Northwestern University), Music Theory and Cognition

Special Session: Friday, October 30, 10:30-12:00, Grand H.

Russian Music Theory Interest Group

Saturday 31 October, 12:00-1:45

  • Inessa Bazayev (Louisiana State University), Welcome and announcements
  • Pat McCreless (Yale University), "Shostakovich's 'Fragment' from Four Monologues on Verses of Pushkin: Analytical Problems and Approaches"
  • Chris Segall (College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati), "Harmonic Function in Shostakovich's Twelve-Tone Rows"
  • Ellen Bakulina (Yale University), "Kholopov's States of Tonality"
  • Joe Kraus (Florida State University), Report on the conference in Moscow

Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group

Friday, October 30, 8-9am in Sterling 3

This meeting will discuss reviving the dormant Scholars for Social Responsibility Interest Group. Please feel free to drop in for only a short time, or to email Robin Attis if you can’t attend but are interested in contributing to the conversation.

Work and Family Interest Group

Friday, October 30, 5-7 in Grand H

  • Discussion of "Supporting Families at Institutions of Higher Learning: Recommendations for Faculty and Administrators," a document that was jointly authored by members from WorkFam, DISMUS and the Queer Resource Group; see
  • Discussion around the theme of "Dealing With Change," led by reflections from Carla Colletti, Rachel Short, Brent Yorgason, Charity Lofthouse and Gretchen Foley. Besides sharing personal experiences, we hope to explore how we can relate our unique and individual work-family experiences to our professional roles, both at our places of work and within the SMT.
  • Click here for a detailed schedule.