OMTR 2019 Follow-up

Thank you to everyone who participated in and came to the Fall 2019 Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable. Next year’s roundtable will be at Cameron University!

Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable 2019

Patrick Conlon and Christina Giacona – Compositional techniques used in ‘Grand Entry Medley’

Ioannis Andriotis – Form and Structure in Material-Driven Electroacoustic Music Composition

OMTR Keynote Address Abstract

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“Rethinking What Integration Means in the Music Theory Core”

Jeffrey Lovell, Lebanon Valley College

Many college-level music theory curricula, typically consisting of sequential courses in written music theory, aural skills, and keyboard skills, are coordinated by topic for the purpose of reinforcing key concepts by activating different pathways of grasping theoretical knowledge. Many textbook packages tightly integrate the conceptual learning with the applied learning – and for sound reason in principle. As theorist Steve Larson has pointed out, holistic integration of music learning and understanding requires that all senses be activated. Yet, for the increasing number of students who begin their music training lacking basic fundamental aural skills, this approach poses significant challenges. Theoretical topics progress quickly from the fundamental to the complex, making it difficult for applied skills development to keep pace. With this type of integration, students are potentially evaluated in applied skills over a standard two-year period on a dizzying amount of material, much of which is beyond their capacity. Approached in this manner, has integration served its intended purpose? For this presentation, I argue for a more flexible model of integrating theory and applied skills, one that decouples these modes of learning from each other without sacrificing the benefits of integration. Following the lead of Steve Larson, I will show how integration is more effectively achieved within each course, rather than just between each course of the music theory core curriculum.

Fall 2018 OMTR Program


The Oklahoma Music Theory Program Committee is happy to announce the schedule and program for this year’s meeting.

Friday September 28, 2018
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Davis Hall 244

9:15-9:45 a.m. Registration

9:45-9:55 a.m. Opening Remarks, Dr. Kate Sekula (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma)

9:55-10:25 a.m. Scott M. Strovas (Wayland Baptist University) and Ann. B. Stutes (Wayland Baptist University), “Envisioning Authentic Learning Outcomes for the Undergraduate Music Theory Sequence.”

10:25-10:30 a.m. Transition

10:30-11:00 a.m. Elyse Kahler, “Music Composition Pedagogy and an Undergraduate Curriculum.”

11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Keynote Address
Jeffrey Lovell (Lebanon Valley College), “Rethinking What Integration Means in the Music Theory Core.”

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. Lunch (Regent’s Room, Student Center)

1:25-1:50 p.m. Business Meeting (Davis Hall 244; all are welcome)
1) Next year’s conference: host school and approximate date
2) Election of officers
3) New business

1:55-2:25 p.m. Kate Sekula (University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), “Incorporating Physics Labs into Aural Skills.”

2:25-2:30 p.m. Transition

2:30-3:30 Workshop
Jeffrey Lovell (Lebanon Valley College), “Using Improvisation as a Tool for Harmonic Hearing in the Aural Skills Classroom.”

3:30 p.m. Adjourn