Report on the 2010 Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Author(s): 
William Helmcke
Volume: 
24
Year: 
2010
Material: 
Abstract: 

Nearly sixty participants, including college-level instructors and graduate students from more than thirty states and five countries, attended the second triennial Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18, 2010. Gary S. Karpinski, Coordinator of the Music Theory program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, brought together some of the most eminent and influential names in music theory pedagogy: David Butler (music cognition), David Gagné (Schenkerian theory and analysis), Gary S. Karpinski (aural skills), Stefan Kostka (harmony and twentieth-century), and Michael Rogers (form, analysis, and aesthetics). Each day, participants attended three fifty-minute presentations in the morning, then enjoyed a leisurely lunch, followed by two more fifty-minute presentations, and finally an hour-long breakout session of their choice. Every day, each faculty member gave one of the fifty-minute presentations and then hosted one of the breakout sessions. What follows is a summary of each faculty member's presentations over the five days.