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Casper College
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video game music, music theory pedagogy


  • Hi Carson. In my master's thesis (written back in 2006), I discussed the use of Tonnetze whose axes feature interval classes other than 3, 4, and 5 (and 1, to name the lesser-examined diagonal) and analyzed some of Schoenberg's music on various Tonn…
  • Personally, I think a healthy question is: why don't we discuss the emotional life, including family life, of male composers? To what extent has this separation of the personal from the "professional" contributed to the phenomenon of toxic masculini…
  • The RN system is one based mainly on recognizing conventionalized harmonic routines. While the system is based on some generalized principles (scale degrees, inversions, and, with the slash notation, embedded referencing), the usual undergrad textbo…
  • Also, if I recall correctly, the commonly used Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis textbook includes material on secondary predominants. I'll double check that when I'm in my office tomorrow and edit this post if I'm incorrect in my recollection…
  • I would think this type of labeling would be fairly common among jazz theorists, given the centrality of ii-V-I progressions to that analytical lens. I also think a vi/x makes perfect sense when a secondary dominant resolves deceptively.
  • A very thorough and informative post, David, thank you! From my perspective, I have experienced more success in teaching the important principles of voice leading you detailed after moving away from the four-part chorale to an approach more informed…
  • As a follow-up to this discussion, I have been reading through Matthew Santa's new text Hearing Rhythm and Meter (Routledge) and am finding it to be a well-organized and accessible introduction to an examination of the concepts of meter, hypermeter,…
  • Another way of overcoming the time/logistics con is to create a lot of adaptive assessment activities in your institution's LMS (we use Moodle at Casper College). I've been creating ever-larger banks of questions so that students can just repeat a g…
  • I've had some success at doing this type of thing in our Moodle shell for aural theory quizzes; there is a considerable learning curve in mastering the various quiz creation options, but there's a great deal of flexibility and power once you figure …
  • I've thought a great deal about the benefits of this approach (use Theory I as an introduction to the basic elements of music, then offer subsequent courses applying the elements to different periods and/or styles of music more specific to student i…
  • As a follow-up to my previous comment: this year while introducing the freshmen to rhythm and meter I used Rick's idea of discussing what makes a beat groove (including listening to groovy and ungroovy songs picked by myself and the students) and th…
  • I'm not entirely certain that the old definition of meter ("a regular pattern grouping strong and weak beats") IS the consensus definition anymore. I would be interested in the results of a survey indicating how many undergraduate theory teachers (n…