Music Theory Midwest 2018 Conference Information

Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference, Western University, London Ontario, May 18–19


General Information

The twenty-ninth annual conference of Music Theory Midwest will be held in London, Ontario on May 18-19, 2018. London is located midway between Detroit and Toronto, and it is home to Western University, one of Canada's most picturesque campuses. After conference events on Friday, attendees might wish to head downtown for a program of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky, performed by the Cecilia String Quartet with violist Sharon Wei and cellist Thomas Wiebe. We look forward to welcoming you to "the Forest City!"

This year, both the keynote address and workshop will focus on music theory pedagogy.

Keynote Abstract

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."


We are excited to welcome you to Western University (a.k.a., the University of Western Ontario) for this year’s MTMW conference!

Conference registration and paper sessions will take place in Talbot College at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Directions to the Faculty of Music are available at

Conference Events

On Friday, May 18, there will be a chamber music concert at the Wolf Performance Hall (251 Dundas Street). The Cecilia String Quartet, along with violist Sharon Wei and cellist Thomas Wiebe, will perform a program of Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. To purchase tickets, please see The Wolf Performance Hall is in downtown London, about a ten-minute drive from Talbot College. (The two locations are also well connected by public transit.)

There will be a pizza dinner for graduate students on Friday, May 18.

The conference banquet on Saturday, May 19 will be at Windermere Manor.


London, Ontario is approximately a two-hour drive from both Toronto and Detroit. Robert Q Airbus offers regular shuttle service to London from Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). It’s also possible to fly to the London International Airport (YXU). A cab ride from YXU to the university takes about twenty minutes. They are also connected by city buses, though multiple transfers are required. (The best combination of routes varies throughout the day, so it’s best to consult the London Transit Commission’s online system, which is integrated with Google Maps.)

Paid parking will be available across the street in the Talbot lot, and free parking will be available at the Huron Flats lot, less than a ten-minute walk away (see


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre. The conference rate is $115 CAD (~$90 USD) per night. To make a reservation, please use the following link:

Local Information

Local Arrangements Chair: Jonathan De Souza (Western University)

Call for Proposals

Music Theory Midwest invites scholars from all geographic regions to submit proposals on any area of music theory and analysis. 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.

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Program Committee

Andrew Pau (Oberlin College), Chair

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.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Music Theory Midwest is pleased to announce its Pre-Conference Workshop, "Teaching Music Theory in the 21st Century" led by Jennifer Snodgrass (Appalachian State University). MTMW pre-conference workshops are open to both students and faculty. This year's workshop will be held on the campus of the University of Western Ontario, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, immediately prior to the annual meeting on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.


With evidence from the many publications citing the College Music Society (CMS) report Transforming Music Study from its Foundations: A Manifesto for Progressive Change in the Undergraduate Preparation of Music Majors and the most recent Pedagogy into Practice conference, there seems to be a renewed interest for faculty and pedagogues to find new and challenging ways to present and disseminate the new ideals in music theory pedagogy. The result of this interest can be narrowed down to the following question: How can we best equip our classrooms, both in terms of environment and content, to better support the 21st century music student?

This interactive workshop will highlight some of the emerging teaching trends found in classrooms across the country and offer insight into how instructors are seeking to make music theory and aural skills applicable and accessible to all students. Topics to be discussed include integration of music beyond the canon, new means of assessment through technology, the importance of classroom environment, and restructuring of content within the undergraduate core. Through small group response, collaborative assignment building, hands-on teaching demonstrations, and interactive conversation, participants will be challenged to answer the questions of how and why we teach music theory and aural skills, particularly in a musical and institutional environment that is constantly evolving.


All interested faculty and graduate students are encouraged to apply following the instructions below. Participants are not required to reside in the Midwest region.

Application Procedures

Faculty: Send an email indicating your interest in the workshop to Haley Beverburg, MTMW Secretary, at Include your name, institutional affiliation, academic status, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. Faculty participants will be selected randomly from those who have applied.

Students: Submit a statement of no more than 500 words, in .pdf, .docx, or .doc format, describing your background and the reasons for your interest in this workshop. Your statement should indicate your institutional affiliation and your academic status, but should not include your name, as the statements will be read blind. Submit the statement as an email attachment to Haley Beverburg, MTMW Secretary, at In the body of the email, include your name, institutional affiliation, academic status, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. The workshop leaders will select the student participants after reading the statements.

Deadline to apply: January 16, 2018. Workshop applicants can expect to receive notification of acceptance decisions by mid-February. Questions may be directed to MTMW secretary, Haley Beverburg (

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