[Smt-talk] music theory pedagogy resources

Roxane Prevost Roxane.Prevost at uottawa.ca
Tue Oct 19 12:42:43 PDT 2010

Dear all,


One of my current MA students, who has been teaching music theory through the RCM for many years, is interested in examining which criteria are used to determine how theorists prepare, present (the sequence of material), and test a pedagogical approach for tonal harmony in recent music theory textbooks. She would like to include this analysis in the context of Lois Choksy's theories of learning, in particular, the sequence of the following steps: (1) readiness (or preparation); (2) procedure (moment of presentation/label/make conscious); (3) reinforcement (practice); and (4) assessment (synthesis; take concept out of original context and apply it to a new context while still understanding the concept). 


She is currently working through the following sources:

(1)   Michael R. Rogers, "Teaching Approaches in Music Theory: An Overview of Pedagogical Philosophies" (1984).

(2)   David M. Thompson, "A History of Harmonic Theory in the United States" (1980).

(3)   John D. White, "Guidelines for the Teaching of Music Theory" (1981)

Would anyone have suggestions on other sources that she should consult?


Also, if you have written textbooks or course packs for tonal harmony, would any of you be willing to correspond with her and answer specific questions on what criteria influenced your decisions? 


Please respond privately.


Many thanks in advance,





Roxane Prevost, PhD

Professeure agrégée/Associate Professor

École de musique/School of Music

Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa

103-50, rue Université

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Tél. : 613-562-5800, poste 3455

Courriel : Roxane.Prevost at uottawa.ca <mailto:Roxane.Prevost at uottawa.ca> 


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