Report on the 2016 Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Morgan Markel & Nicholas J. Shea

Nearly fifty college-level instructors and graduate students from six countries and twenty-two U.S. states gathered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the fourth triennial Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy from Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30, 2016. Gary S. Karpinski, Coordinator of the Music Theory programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, assembled some of the leading voices in music theory pedagogy for the Workshops: Poundie Burstein (common-practice counterpoint and harmony), Walter Everett (popular music), David Huron (music cognition), Gary S. Karpinski (aural skills), and Deborah Stein (19th-century form and harmony). Throughout the week, workshop faculty members hosted daily, hour-long symposiums on their area of expertise along with individual breakout sessions in the afternoon. In addition, Jason Hooper led a special session on team-based learning in the undergraduate music theory curriculum on Tuesday night. Networking and social activities were also offered throughout the course of the Workshops on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday night. By the end of the week, participants had the chance to connect with many new contacts from across the world to discuss pedagogy in music theory.