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List of music theory software - draft

edited March 29 in Pedagogy

Our current situation/sequestration has prompted me to create a List of Music Theory software for Wikipedia. I've not finished yet because I need your input. I'd like to know what software programs am I missing (please let me know of obsolete programs), and I'd like to know what information would you like in the columns.  I've supplied what I think is necessary but are there others that I should include?  Let me know!

As this list is not yet published, it's in my Wikipedia sandbox:  


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  • I'd like to draw attention to the extraordinary software "Tonalities" (https://research.hud.ac.uk/tonalities/) of the regretted Anthony Pople. This software is written in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) for Excel, but I understand that VBA is disappearing (it may no more be usable on MAC machines).

    It should be translated in JavaScript, but that is an enormous work – I once tried to print Tonalities (its VBA code, I mean), but I had to stop when I realized that my supply of paper would not suffice. There are hundreds of pages of code.

    If we do nothing, Tonalities will disappear, and that would be a real loss. 



  • Having had a closer look at your list, it seems to me that your main concern is with pedagogical tools. There is more than that in music theory – and in music theory softwares. How do you conceive the list?



  • OpenMusic?


    It is mostly used by composers but has a lot of theory applications also. The developer is IRCAM, for mac, windows, linux. I don't know if it has pedagogical applications per se, but you don't say the list is specifically for pedagogical software. (If so, maybe it should be "List of pedagogical music theory software"? Or maybe it could be sortable into pedagogical and other uses?)

    --Jason Yust


  • A couple of notable omissions in your list:

    Artusi, fundamentals, aural training, harmony, counterpoint, post-tonal:  artusi.xyz

    MacGAMUT, aural training and a little fundamentals practice; as of 2020, owned by Artusi, Inc.:  macgamut.com


  • http://appliedharmony.com/ . Ear training and harmony using multiple choice exercises based on excerpts of popular music songs. Although it is a beta version, it is already used by several Spanish conservatories. The published version is free and will remain so. The Premium version is expected to include other functionalities, mainly for self-taught musicians.

  • Your list seems to be about mostly practical theory for teaching students, not analysis, or software for musicologists, or theoretically informed algorithmic compostion. What about humdrum, music21, Rubato Composer, ChordGeometries, or even OpenMusic? Or perhaps you could clarify the intended scope of the list. 

    Mike Gogins

  • Thanks all for your comments & suggestions.  Yes, I had intended my list to be for instructional programs - but it's good to know about non-instructional programs out there!