In Memoriam: Howard Cinnamon

Howard Cinnamon, Professor and Coordinator of Music Theory/Composition at Hofstra University, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Howard received a BA from The City College of CUNY, and an MA from Queens College in musicology-music theory. After receiving his Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Michigan, Howard joined the faculty at Hofstra University, where he served as music theory coordinator. He was an active member of the Society for Music Theory and the Music Theory Society of New York State. For the Music Theory Society of New York State Howard served as Treasurer (1991–1996), a member of the Board of Directors (2008–2013), and Vice President (2012–2014).Howard’s scholarly work focused on the music of Franz Liszt, in particular articles in Music Theory Spectrum, In Theory Only, and Gamut. In addition, Schenkerian analysis was a topic that he published and presented on throughout his career. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

2018 Conference Information

Hunter College 2018

We are pleased to welcome Professor Sumanth Gopinath as our Keynote Speaker, and Professor Jennifer Iverson as our Graduate Student Workshop leader. We are happy to announce that registration is open! Simply login to your User Dashboard and click “Register for 47th Annual Meeting.” The program can be found here. Directions and accommodation information can be found here. Continue reading “2018 Conference Information”

Keynote Speaker

2018 MTSNYS Keynote Speaker: Professor Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota)

We are delighted to announce that the keynote address for the 2018 meeting will be given by Professor Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota).
“Sumanth Gopinath is Associate Professor of Music Theory. He is the author of The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form (MIT Press, 2013), and he co-edited, with Jason Stanyek, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014). His writings on Steve Reich, musical minimalism, Marxism and music scholarship, the Nike+ Sport Kit, the ringtone industry, Bob Dylan, and Benjamin Britten have appeared in various scholarly journals and edited collections. Continue reading “Keynote Speaker”

MTSNYS Graduate Student Workshop

Accommodating Differences in the Classroom and Beyond
Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago)
Friday, 13 April 2018

We are delighted to announce that the 2018 Graduate Student Workshop, held the evening before the conference, will be led by Professor Jennifer Iverson (University of Chicago). The topic of this year’s workshop is “Accommodating Differences in the Classroom and Beyond.”

Workshop Details
Musically talented humans come in a range of bodies and abilities. Many or most of us have (or will) encounter students who need accommodations to succeed in our classes, spurring us to consider questions such as: What is essential about this skill, and what creates an unnecessary barrier? Are there various ways my students can demonstrate mastery? How can I create a more inclusive classroom environment? Jennifer Iverson, Assistant Professor of Music History and Theory at the University of Chicago, will lead a philosophical and practical workshop that considers several issues around dis/ability and accommodation. Participants will read and discuss the work of authors including Lennard Davis, Andrew Solomon, Joseph Straus, and Will Cheng, who interrogate the foundational beliefs that shape our principles and practices. Iverson will provide an overview of practical resources for making accommodations, as well as an introduction to Universal Design. Finally, participants will work together to develop responses to various real or hypothetical scenarios in which students need accommodations. Participants will leave with practical suggestions and tools, plus inspiration to continue adjusting their own attitudes, course policies, and pedagogies.
About Professor Iverson
“Jennifer Iverson is a scholar of twentieth-century music, with a special emphasis on electronic music, avant-gardism, sound studies, and disability studies. Jennifer’s research explores the interaction between bodies, technologies, and sound, drawing together music analysis, archival research, and cultural history. Jennifer’s book, Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde, under contract with Oxford University Press, analyzes the cultural impact of mid-century electronic music produced in and around the WDR studio in Cologne, Germany. In particular, the electronic music studio provided a crucial space to reclaim wartime technology and ideas and put them to artistic use. The electronic studio also engendered a paradigm of invisible collaboration, where composers, technicians, scientists, and performers worked in a laboratory-like environment to develop a shared framework of ideas that applied to both electronic and acoustic musical compositions. Related articles appear in the journals Tempo, Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, Music Analysis, twentieth-century music, and Music Theory Spectrum.
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