SMT Interest Group Meetings

Autographs and Archival Documents

Friday, 5:45-7:45 pm, Crockett AB

The Autographs and Archival Documents Interest Group will sponsor four “works in progress” talks. Our speakers will be Jonathan Bernard and Landon Morrison (moderated by Catherine Losada), and Benjamin Levy and Kevin Karnes (moderated by Lynne Rogers).

Early Music Analysis

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Seguin B

The Early Music Analysis Interest Group invites you to join us for our Saturday lunchtime meet-and-greet.  Get to know other scholars and performers of early music, learn about exciting work in progress, and share details about your own work in an informal setting.  We will use the second half of our group's time to elect a new chair and plan activities for next year.  All are welcome!

Film and Multimedia

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Crockett AB

The Film and Multimedia Interest Group will be meeting jointly with the AMS Music and Media Study Group for a series of paired lightning talks, "Music and Multimedia: Theory and Musicology in Dialogue." In each pair, one SMT member partners with an AMS member to give contrasting or complementary presentations on the same subject.

Global New Music

Saturday, 5:45-7:45 pm, Crockett CD

For the second meeting of the Global New Music Interest Group in San Antonio, we will host nine lightning-talks. The theme for this year’s meeting is: New methodologies or analytical approaches, considering dynamics of musical canonicity and marginality, as well as insider/outsider perspectives and postcolonial issues. The seven lightning talks from the 2017 meeting resulted in essays published under Global Perspectives series in Musicology Now. You can read the essays in this series at


Saturday, 5:45-7:45 pm, Travis AB

On behalf of the SMT Interest Group on Improvisation, we are pleased to announce that our interest group meeting will host a special panel on: "Improvisation Studies, Do They Exist?" The panelists will be Sabine Feisst (Arizona State University), Roger Moseley (Cornell University), and Chris Stover (Arizona State University), followed by an open discussion with the audience.

We are also holding a special joint session of the AMS/SMT, "Extemporaneous Dialogues on Historical Improvisation: Bridging Music, Music History, and Theory," (Thursday, Nov. 1st, 8-10PM), with short lecture-performances by Peter Schubert (McGill University), Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, Johnandrew Slominski (Linfield College) & Gilad Rabinovitch (Georgia State University), with an introduction by Massimiliano Guido (University of Pavia). Our respondent will be Anna Maria Busse Berger (UC Davis). 

The session is built around four specific samples of improvised music that stimulate a special interaction between a performer and a scholar in that particular field.  Our aim is to help the audience understand the generative process coupling music creation in a particular style to the embodied knowledge necessary to achieve it. Each music-making situation will focus on a possible research related issue such as: compositional rules and internalized knowledge; relationship between instrument and performer; embodiment. This session will also conclude with an open discussion.

Jazz Theory and Analysis

Friday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Travis AB

The Jazz Theory and Analysis Interest Group will discuss topic theory as it might be applied to jazz; this is an underdeveloped research area. We invite participants to brainstorm examples of topics in jazz to share at the meeting.

Music and Disability

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Travis CD

The SMT Interest Group on Music and Disability will be co-sponsoring a panel on Thursday evening with the AMS Music and Disability and Ecocriticism Study Groups. The panel, titled “Music, Disability, and the Environment: Bridging Scholarship with Activism,” will be held from 8-11 pm on Thursday in Texas F. On Saturday from 12:30-2 pm we will hold our joint business meeting with the AMS Music and Disability Study Group; all are welcome to attend.

Music and Psychoanalysis

Friday, 5:45-7:45 pm, Bonham D

The Psychoanalysis Interest Group sponsors discussions about current and long lingering concerns about the multiple intersections between clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis and sound, music, hearing, and listening. We shall discuss Seth Brodsky’s book From 1989: or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious.

Music Cognition

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Crockett AB

The Music Cognition Interest Group will havea panel entitled "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Experiments." The music theorists and musicologists on this panel will address some of the barriers or pitfalls music scholars have when running or even just talking about experiments in connection to their research.


Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Lone Star B

The SMT Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group invites AMS-SMT 2018 attendees to our noon meeting, which will include five lightning presentations on “Student Engagement and Repertoire in Theory Fundamentals.” While our focus will be on pedagogy of music fundamentals, topics may inform pedagogy of music appreciation and higher levels of music theory.

Performance and Analysis

Friday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Lone Star B

William Rothstein (The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY) will deliver a 45-minute presentation entitled “Since Schnabel: Pondering Hypermeter in Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas,” followed by a group discussion of related issues in performance/analysis. For an abstract and further details, visit Please note this event will take place in Lone Star B (not the location listed in the program book).


Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Bonham B

The SMT Music and Philosophy Interest Group will be hosting a panel discussion during its business meeting entitled "How we use philosophy for Music Theory" featuring Jonathan De Souza, Marion Guck, and Fred Maus. The aim of the panel discussion is to describe some of the many ways that philosophical thinking can be used to support our work as music theorists without presuming a robust background in any philosophical tradition. Younger scholars with an interest in philosophy or scholars curious about how to engage philosophy in their work are particularly encouraged to attend. Questions for the panel may be submitted in advance to Ben Hansberry, Philosophy Interest Group Co-Chair, at

Popular Music

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Texas D

The main activity of the PMIG meeting this year is small group discussion and networking based on shared research interests. Groups are expected to be about 7–9 members in size, based around the following topics: lyrics, timbre, cognition, performance, tonality/modality, topic theory, corpus study, and rhythm/meter. Discussion will be facilitated through prompts, and we will also reconvene after approximately 50 minutes in groups to share what each group discussed and achieved. At the end of our meeting, we will also announce the winners of our two publication awards.

Post-1945 Music Analysis

Friday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Travis CD

Last year (2017) the Post-1945 Music Analysis interest group presented a workshop on rhythm and form in Lutoslawski’s music. This year, at the San Antonio meeting, the Post-1945 Music Analysis interest group will present six lightning talks on music of Berio, Carter, Reich, Adès, Shaw, and Wishart. The Post-1945 IG meets on Friday, November 2 at 12:30-2:00 in Travis CD.  More information will be available here:!forum/post-1945-interest-group or contact co-chairs Joshua Banks Mailman (  and Amy Bauer (

Queer Resource Group

Friday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Texas A

We invite you to join the SMT Queer Resource Group for three presentations about trans issues and musicology on Friday, November 2, 12:30-2:00pm in Texas A. These papers by Dana Baitz, Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, and Stephan Pennington address the general question of what might be special about trans musicology, and more specific issues about gendered vocal styles and present-day trans popular music. The work presented on this panel relates closely to the authors' chapters in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness. 

Russian Music Theory

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Travis AB

The Russian Music Theory Interest Group will feature informal, seminar-style presentations on interpreting musical examples in Russian-language theory texts. The presentations are geared toward audience members who do not read Russian. The presenters are: Philip Ewell (Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center), Ellen Bakulina (University of North Texas), and Christopher Segall (University of Cincinnati).

Scholars for Social Responsibility

Friday, 5:45-7:45 pm, Crockett CD

The Scholars for Social Responsibility will be discussing articles about notions of truth in music theory and in broader North American society, especially in the current American political climate. 

Work and Family

Saturday, 12:30-2:00 pm, Texas E

Participants in the Work and Family Interview Initiative will present accounts and reflections from their interviews with SMT members. Participants include scholars at all stages, from graduate students to emeriti professors. Issues include marriage, divorce, infant and childcare, gender dynamics, disability, elder care, grief, relocation, academic leave, self-care, communication with colleagues, and institutional policies.