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Welcome to Music Theory 21c, a collaborative wiki for sharing ideas and resources pertaining to a new curricular approach to undergraduate music theory.

About this site[edit | edit source]

This site is managed by Stefanie Acevedo and Toby Rush, who both teach Music Theory at the University of Dayton.

At the 2020 annual conference of Music Theory Midwest, we presented a new approach to undergraduate music theory which we have put into place at the University of Dayton. During and after the presentation, we were delighted to hear from others in the field who were interested in pursuing similar efforts in their own curricula.

The first step in our process toward creating a textbook to support our new curriculum was to create a list of resources — course objectives, worksheets, research, software, and so on. We realized that opening this process to others would not only allow us to benefit from the diversity of talents that our curricular approach celebrates, but it would allow others to reap the same benefits. This site is the product of that decision.

How the site works[edit | edit source]

The core of the wiki are the Lesson Pages, each of which is devoted to a specific lesson topic. A lesson may comprise one or more days of classroom instruction. You can find the lessons arranged below into a four-semester course sequence (please see Sample Schedules for some possible week-to-week arrangements) or by topic.

Each Lesson Page has five sections:

  • Objectives, which lists relevant lesson objectives;
  • Resources, which lists learning resources: readings (for student assignments), instructor references (for more in-depth/advanced information), videos or listening (audio and video resources), and tools (demos, software, and other teaching aids).
  • Class Activities, which includes lecture notes and other activities for in-class learning;
  • Assignments, which include individual worksheets, quizzes, sample questions, and other assignments; and
  • Notes, which can include general information about the lesson.

Discussion among authors about specific lessons should be included on the page's Talk page rather than in the page itself.

The GENERAL RESOURCES page contains a categorized list of commonly used websites and other resources with brief descriptions.

How to participate[edit | edit source]

You are welcome to use any and all content on this site in your own courses, and to modify it for your own use. You may also republish this material in whole or in part, but you must include proper attribution of the original. For more information, see Music Theory 21c:Copyrights.

You are also welcome to add to or edit this wiki. Please do not remove any material; if you find erroneous or inappropriate information, please contact one of the editors. If you would like to propose a new lesson not currently included in the semester sequence below, we invite you to add an entry in the Other Lessons subsection.

By adding content directly to the wiki, you agree to release under the license that governs the entire site. You may also add links to external resources, which may have any type of license; however, we encourage you to link to open and accessible resources whenever possible.

Lessons[edit | edit source]

By Semester[edit | edit source]

Theory I[edit | edit source]

Theory II[edit | edit source]

Theory III[edit | edit source]

Theory IV[edit | edit source]

Other Lessons[edit | edit source]

By Topic[edit | edit source]

Acoustics[edit | edit source]

Electronic Music[edit | edit source]

Fundamentals of Sound & Music[edit | edit source]

Fundamentals of 12-TET[edit | edit source]

Harmony[edit | edit source]

Melody[edit | edit source]

Phrase & Form[edit | edit source]

Rhythm & Meter[edit | edit source]

Style & Practice[edit | edit source]

Timbre & Texture[edit | edit source]