2018 Call for Papers

Deadline: 16 January 2018

Music Theory Midwest will hold its twenty-ninth conference on May 18–19, 2018 in London, Ontario.

This year, both the keynote address and workshop will focus on music theory pedagogy. The keynote address will be given by Dr. J. Daniel Jenkins of the University of South Carolina and is entitled "What I Learned from Schoenberg, and Where to Go from Here." 

Our pre-conference workshop, titled "Teaching Music Theory in the 21st Century," will be led by Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass, professor and coordinator of music theory in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. She will examine current trends in music theory pedagogy in order to address how teachers can best equip music theory classrooms in terms of environment and content in order to reach the twenty-first century music student.

Music Theory Midwest invites scholars from all geographic regions to submit proposals on any area of music theory and analysis for our annual conference. As is traditional at MTMW, we encourage proposals on composers, musicians, and events with significant anniversaries in 2018, and we welcome proposals for special sessions devoted to these or any other particular topic.

Notable anniversaries in 2018:

  • Leonard Bernstein (born 1918)
  • Claude Debussy (died 1918)
  • Charles Gounod (born 1818)
  • Gioachino Rossini (died 1868)
  • Scott Joplin (born 1868)
  • Release of the Beatles' “White Album” (1968)
  • Premiere of the musicals “Hair” and “Cabaret” (1968)
  • Formation of the bands Led Zeppelin, Yes, Rush, and King Crimson (1968)

Proposal Guidelines and Submissions Instructions

Individual Presentations

Papers should be planned for twenty minutes followed by ten minutes for questions. In some cases the program committee may recommend that a proposal be presented as a poster. Submitters may indicate a preference to present their work in a poster session. Papers should not have been previously presented at national or international conferences nor previously published. Only one proposal per submitter will be considered.

Proposals should be submitted electronically via the MTMW website at http://www.mtmw.org/index.php/conferences/onlinesubmissions. Submissions are due no later than January 16, 2018. The online form serves as the cover letter, while the proposal and any supplemental materials are to be submitted as a single document in .pdf format. The proposal should not exceed 500 words, including any footnotes or endnotes but not including the title. A maximum of four pages of supplementary materials (such as musical examples, diagrams, and bibliography) may be appended, and are excluded from the word count, but these materials should not appreciably add to the proposal’s content. The proposal must include the title of the paper but exclude the author’s name and any other identifying information, including in the metadata of the electronic file. 

Special Sessions

Proposals for Special Sessions have no specific page limit and should include the names of the organizer and all participants. Special sessions should be organized in a way such that the program committee could not create them from separately submitted individual proposals. Anyone wishing to propose a special session should contact the program chair (Andrew Pau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) well in advance of the proposal deadline.

Komar Award

The Arthur J. Komar Award for best student paper will be presented at the conclusion of the meeting. Student presenters who wish to be considered for this award must indicate their eligibility in the online submission form. For the purposes of this award, “student” status terminates with the receipt of a terminal degree or employment in a full-time position. Additional information and a list of past recipients can be found at the MTMW website (mtmw.org).


Those submitting proposals will receive notification of the program committee’s decision by early March.

2018 Program Committee

Andrew Pau, chair (Oberlin College Conservatory), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sarah Ellis (University of Oklahoma
John Lawrence* (University of Chicago)
Victoria Malawey (Macalester College)
Somangshu Mukherji (University of Michigan)
Christopher Segall (University of Cincinnati)
Kristen Wallentinsen* (University of Northern Colorado)
Stanley Kleppinger (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) ex-officio as MTMW President
* indicates winners of the 2017 Komar Award.

2018 Local Arrangements

Jonathan De Souza (Western University)

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