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On Methods of Music Theory and (Ethno-) Musicology

From Interdisciplinary Research to Teaching


Nico Schüler

Although all research makes use of specific research methods, much music scholarship is being published without any reference to, or reflection on, the premises of the methods employed. In other words, published articles and books are often lacking a discussion of the scope and limitations of the research methods. Furthermore, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology, etc., are not independent disciplines, nor is research in those areas an activity to be defined once and for all. These areas have strong methodological relationships to each other as well as to areas outside the field of music. This book discusses some of the methodological premises, on which music research in the areas of music theory, (ethno-) musicology, and music psychology is based, and focuses on selected interdisciplinary approaches. It also discusses teaching approaches to music theory.
Contents: Mirjana Veselinović-Hofman: Musicology vs. Musicology from the Perspective of Interdisciplinary Logic – Leon Stefanija: The Hermeneutics of Music: Between Systematic Theory and Pragmatic Approach – Dennis Cole: On Methods of Ethnomusicological Research – Ken Stephenson: Colour My Chord: Harmonic Transformations in Early Songs of Chicago – Philip Baczewski: Modeling music Perception: Untangling Methods and Methodologies – Cynthia I. Gonzales: Eeny, Meeny, Miney Mo: A Comparison of Four Approaches to Text-Music Relationships – Graham G. Hunt: Transformational Reduction: A Cross-Analytical Approach to Richard Strauss’ Im Abendrot – Brent Auerbach: The Grundgestalt Refined: What a New Model of the Structure Can and Cannot Tell Us about Brahms’ Capriccio in c# minor, op. 76, no. 5 – David Castro: Harmonic, Melodic, and Referential Pitch Analysis: Sonata Form in the First Movement of Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 2 – Ryan Davis: Melodic and Rhythmic Patterns in Jazz Improvisations: Toward a New Analytical Approach – Dimitar Ninov: On Methods of Teaching Ear Training and Harmony at Bulgarian Institutions of Higher Education – Nico Schüler: Teaching Approaches to Music Theory in the United States: Towards a Stronger Undergraduate Core Curriculum.