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    Music Theory Bridges blog posts

    I'd like to share a few recent posts from my blog dedicated to putting pop/rock/jazz and "traditional" repertoires/concepts side by side. (Traditional, that is, from the perspective of conservatory training.) I'm not sure how successful I am in this, but I intend for the blog to be accessible and interesting to both music theorists and a broader music-educated public, so I do try to keep posts short and readable even if it means sacrificing some scholarly rigor. I sometimes direct my students to these posts to encourage them to see a broader view on some of the concepts we're studying, and I try to tag posts with the kind of class I feel they're relevant to (e.g., "chromatic harmony," "diatonic harmony," "form," etc.). I hope some of you find these interesting, and please feel free to leave comments.

    One last thing--I would love to feature guest posts (Scott Murphy wrote a nice one in January 2015). If anyone is interested, feel free to run your idea by me. Thanks!

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