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The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy

Edited by: Leigh VanHandel

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138585010
eBook ISBN: 9780429505584
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429505584
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Today?s music theory instructors face a changing environment, one where the traditional lecture format is in decline. The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy addresses this change head-on, featuring battle-tested lesson plans alongside theoretical discussions of music theory curriculum and course design. With the modern student in mind, scholars are developing creative new approaches to teaching music theory, encouraging active student participation within contemporary contexts such as flipped classrooms, music industry programs, and popular music studies.

This volume takes a unique approach to provide resources for both the conceptual and pragmatic sides of music theory pedagogy. Each section includes thematic "anchor" chapters that address key issues, accompanied by short "topics" chapters offering applied examples that instructors can readily adopt in their own teaching. In eight parts, leading pedagogues from across North America explore how to most effectively teach the core elements of the music theory curriculum:

  • Fundamentals
  • Rhythm and Meter
  • Core Curriculum
  • Aural Skills
  • Post-Tonal Theory
  • Form
  • Popular Music
  • Who, What, and How We Teach

A broad musical repertoire demonstrates formal principles that transcend the Western canon, catering to a diverse student body with diverse musical goals. Reflecting growing interest in the field, and with an emphasis on easy implementation, The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy presents strategies and challenges to illustrate and inspire, in a comprehensive resource for all teachers of music theory.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Music Theory and Working Memory Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Putting the Music in “Music Fundamentals”  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  A Cornucopia of Accidentals Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Contouring as a Powerful Tool for Pitch Awareness Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Incorporating Melodicas into the Music Theory Classroom Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Music Fundamentals Games Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Introducing Musical Meter through Perception Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Starting from Scratch Download PDF
Chapter  9:  “Computer Programmed With Just One Finger” Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Rebeaming Rhythms Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Clapping for Credit Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Hindustani Tāl  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Small-Scale Improvisation in the Music Theory Classroom Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Cognitive and Communicative Constraints of Part-Writing Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Voice-Leading Detectives Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Harmonic Sequences Simplified Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Grading the Song Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Finding the Implied Polyphony in the Minuet II from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Using Tendency Tones to Teach the Morphology and Syntax of Chromatic Harmony Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Apply Yourself! An Active Learning Lesson Plan for Introducing Secondary Dominants Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Plot Twists Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Chromatic Mediants through the Context of Film Music Download PDF
Chapter  23:  How to Analyze Chromatic Lament-Bass Harmonizations (Without Tears) Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Introduction to Common-Tone Diminished-Seventh Chords Download PDF
Chapter  25:  “It’s an N, bro” Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Defending the Straw Man Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Speaking Music Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Finding Your Way Home Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Error Detection in Aural Skills Classes Download PDF
Chapter  30:  In Search of Hidden Treasures Download PDF
Chapter  31:  An Aural Skills Introduction to Twelve-Tone Music Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Setting Sets Aside Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Teaching and Learning Early Twentieth-Century Techniques at the Keyboard Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Starting the Twentieth Century with a Bang! Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Twentieth-Century Polymodality Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Twelve-Tone Study Using Symbols in Dallapiccola’s “Fregi,” from Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera  Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Integral Serialism – Analysis of Gerhard, String Quartet No. 1, mvt. 3 Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Mapping Symmetry and Form in George Crumb’s “A Prophecy of Nostradamus” Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Principles of Form Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Recomposing Phrase Structure Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Teaching Musical Structure through Disney Songs Download PDF
Chapter  42:  From Theory to Practice Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Incorporating Latin-American Popular Music in the Study of Musical Form Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Binary Form through the Music of Underrepresented Composers Download PDF
Chapter  45:  A Form-Functional Approach to Binary Form Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Exploring Ternary Form through the Lens of Analysis-Performance in a Mozart Aria Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Sonata-Allegro Form Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Concerto Form Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Popular Music in the Theory Classroom Download PDF
Chapter  50:  The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Making Borrowed Chords ‘Pop’ Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Chromatic Mediants in Popular Music Download PDF
Chapter  53:  Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching Music Theory at Community Colleges (and Elsewhere) Download PDF
Chapter  54:  More Than Just Four Chords Download PDF
Chapter  55:  Instructing a Range of Experiences within the Music Theory Classroom Download PDF
Chapter  56:  Music Theory Pedagogy and Public Music Theory Download PDF
Chapter  57:  Analytical Podcasting Download PDF
Chapter  58:  Designing for Access in the Classroom and Beyond Download PDF
Chapter  59:  Music Analysis and Accessibility in the Music Theory Classroom Download PDF
Chapter  60:  Accommodating Dyslexia in Aural Skills Download PDF
Chapter  61:  Writing Exams Cooperatively with Students Download PDF
Chapter  62:  What Should an Undergraduate Music Theory Curriculum Teach? (And, Alas, What Most of the Time We Don’t) Download PDF
Chapter  63:  Strategies for Revising Music Curricula for the Twenty-First Century Download PDF
Chapter  64:  Putting It Together Download PDF
Chapter  65:  Adapting the Aural Skills Curriculum Download PDF
Chapter  66:  Cultivating Curiosity Download PDF
Chapter  67:  Using Video Technology in Music Theory Assignments Download PDF
Chapter  68:  Incorporating Improvisation in a Theory Class on Contemporary Music Download PDF
Chapter  69:  Credits Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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