‘I was inspired to change my approach to teaching meter and tonality when I studied Cohn’s (2019) (Yale) music theory during my Master of Music (2018). I realized that music theory needed to develop for my own students and that Cohn’s work could be adapted to suit all ages of students including very young students. After introducing the new theory, I observed positive results for so many aspects of learning, such as reading notation, problem-solving, rhythmic stability, and more confident performances.
I began teaching students to visualize and sonify (sound) the mathematics (beat-class) they experience through ski-hill and cyclic graphs and annotating scores. I then saw the potential for developing applications for students to assist the pedagogy of mathematical music theory. Thus, recent research informs my music teaching and the data is contributing to music (interdisciplinary) research to show how students learn music theory through the world’s first comprehensive theory of meter and one which is based on the psychoacoustic experience of ‘sound rather than on notation.’
I demonstrate how modern meter theory can convert into a coherent and practically implementable pedagogical curriculum with various advantages for music students of all ages. As discussed in my thesis (2018) meter, as taught in schools, tertiary institutions and music studios, at some point defers to notational understandings rather than to focus on sound. Notation-based understandings of meter propagates two problems which I aim to address in my research: the disconnect between music theory, pedagogy and learning, and the absence of the scholarly discussion of the world’s music because most music is not notated.
To do this, my research also explores other important musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, tonality, texture and timbre to demonstrate how Cohn’s (Yale) mathematical music theory and Andrew Milne’s (WSU) specially designed applications provide a viable solution
I am a Ph.D. Candidate with academic publications and available for consultation and mentoring students of all ages and levels.
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