University of Massachusetts Amherst      •     June 24 - 28, 2019

Learn about teaching music theory from five leading authors and scholars. Sessions will focus on the teaching of undergraduate music theory at the college level. All teachers of music theory are encouraged to attend these workshops — teachers at the college, university, conservatory, and high-school levels (including AP instructors). Various other individuals — including graduate students in music, music scholars, performers, and music educators of all kinds — will also benefit from attending.
In lectures, group discussions, and other settings, the workshops will cover the following topics (and ample time will be allowed for discussion of various other topics in the teaching of music theory):
  •  Rudiments
  •  Sight Singing
  •  Ear Training
  •  Harmony
  •  Rhythm and Meter
  •  Form
  •  Analysis
  •  Post-Tonal Theory
  •  Instructional Technologies
  •  Project-Based Assignments
  •  The Influence of Cognition and Perception Research on Teaching
  •  Music and Disability  

These workshops will bring together a faculty of five music theorists, all of whom are authors of influential books, important contributors to various scholarly subfields in music theory, and experienced classroom teachers.

The workshops will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, June 24 - 28, 2019. Six sessions will be held each day, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

General Registration:
     $500.00 by April 24, 2019
     $600.00 by May 24, 2019

Student Registration:
     $300.00 by April 24, 2019

During the online registration process you will select your registration type and will also have the ability to add on-campus lodging and/or a meal plan (see below). Payment is accepted online by credit or debit card, or you may select to mail in a check. If you select to pay by card, you will be brought to our secure payment gateway. If you select to pay by check, you will be brought to further instructions. Your account must be paid in full by June 7, 2019: any accounts with a balance due after this date will be assessed an additional $40.00 late fee.

If you need to cancel your registration, please send a written cancellation to the UMass Registration Office by email ( or fax (413-577-8130). Cancellations received by the close of business on June 14, 2019, will receive a full refund of fees paid less a $60.00 cancellation-processing fee and any administrative fees. Additional lodging cancellation fees may apply.

Meal Plan
You don't have to travel far to find something great to eat - recently named "Best Campus Food in America" by the Princeton Review for the third year in a row, UMass Dining invites you to join our table! For $209.19, participants may purchase a Dining Commons meal plan that includes dinner on June 23 through breakfast on June 29, for a total of 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners. Served all-you-care-to-eat style, the Dining Commons will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. At each meal you will find a range of healthy and flavorful meals featuring local, regional and world cuisines, such as sushi, pho noodles, create-your-own stir-fry, pizza, dim sum brunch, pasta and salad bars, deli sandwiches, American fare, Halal dining, vegan and vegetarian options, a range of desserts, ice cream, and more. Daily menus will be available as your stay approaches on the UMass Dining website. Dietary accommodations will be made whenever possible: please indicate your needs during registration. Each attendee will receive a meal card upon arrival. If you wish to know more about the meal plan, please contact the Conference Registration Office (413-577-8102, Note: at this time we do not know which Dining Commons will be open in the summer of 2019 - additional details will be provided as soon as available to all those registered for a meal plan!

On-Campus Housing
North Residential Apartments
The North Residential Apartments are suite-like, air-conditioned apartments available for $330.00 per person for six nights lodging (nights of June 23 - June 28, checking-out on June 29). Apartments accommodate a total of four guests, each with their own single, individually lockable bedroom. Bedrooms have one twin bed, a desk, and a dresser. In each suite there are also two full shared bathrooms, a shared living room, and a shared kitchen. The kitchen has a stove, microwave and refrigerator, but no other kitchen appliances, utensils or dishware are provided. For an additional $12.00, residents may reserve a linen pack for use during their stay. Linen packs contain two sheets, a blanket, a pillow with case, and two towels. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the building. If you have any accessibility needs or suite-mate requests, please indicate such during registration. If you wish to know more about the North Residential Apartments, please contact the Conference Registration Office (413-577-8102,  

Traditional Dormitories
A room in a traditional, non-air-conditioned, dormitory hall is available for $222.00 per person for a single occupancy room or $192.00 per person for a double occupancy room. Both rates are for a total of  six nights lodging, June 23 - June 28 (checking-out June 29). Each resident will have a twin bed, dresser, desk and chair in their room. Public bathrooms are centrally located on each floor and rest rooms and public areas are cleaned daily, Monday through Friday. For an additional $12.00, guests may reserve a linen pack for use during their stay, consisting of two sheets, a blanket, a pillow and pillow case, and two towels. A coin-operated laundry is located in the same or adjacent building. If you have any accessibility needs or roommate requests, please be sure to indicate such during registration. If you wish to know more about the traditional dormitories, please contact the Conference Registration office (413-577-8102, Note: at this time we do not know which traditional dormitory hall will be used - additional details will be provided as soon as possible to all registered guests.    

Gary S. Karpinski is author of the Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing and Anthology for Sight Singing (both published by W. W. Norton, 2017), and Aural Skills Acquisition (Oxford University Press, 2000). He is Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has served as president of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and the New England Conference of Music Theorists, and Chair of the Society for Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group. His publications have appeared in such journals as Music Theory Spectrum, the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, and The Computer and Music Educator.

Cynthia I. Gonzales, an Associate Professor at Texas State University, received the university’s 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to establishing the Center for Aural and Theory Tutoring at Texas State, she authored an online music fundamentals textbook for incoming music majors to prepare for entrance theory testing, which increased placement into first-semester theory from below 25% to above 80%. Cynthia is a national leader in adapting SmartMusic® as an aural-skills electronic tutor, for which she has created a 4-semester curriculum. As a professional vocalist, Cynthia was soprano section leader for two choral ensembles: Santa Fe Desert Chorale (in the 1980s) and Grammy-winning Conspirare (1996-2011). She is currently President of the Texas Society of Music Theory and Music Director at First Lutheran Church in San Marcos, TX. Her choral works were selected for the Texas UIL Sight Singing Contest in both 2017 and 2018.

Justin London is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, Cognitive Science, and the Humanities at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, The Philosophy of Music, Music Psychology, Cognitive Science, and American Popular Music. He received his B.M. degree in Classical Guitar and holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with Leonard Meyer. His research interests include rhythm and meter in western and non-western music, music perception and cognition, and musical aesthetics. He has held appointments at The University of Cambridge, the University of Jyäskylä, Finland, and The University of Oslo. He served as President of the Society for Music Theory in 2007–2009, and as President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition in 2017–2018. He is the author of Hearing in Time: Psychological Aspects of Musical Meter published by Oxford University Press.

Joseph Straus is Distinguished Professor of Music Theory at the CUNY Graduate Center. With a specialization in music since 1900, he has written numerous technical music-theoretical articles and analytical studies of music by a variety of modernist composers, including books about Stravinsky and Ruth Crawford Seeger. He has also written a series of articles and books that engage disability as a cultural practice, including Extraordinary Measures: Musical and Disability (2011) and Broken Beauty: Musical Modernism and the Representation of Disability (2018). He has also written textbooks that have become standard references, including Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, now in its fourth edition, and Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, co-authored with Poundie Burstein. He has received five publication awards from the Society for Music Theory for one book, two technical articles, and two edited collections of essays (one by Milton Babbitt and one by Carl Schachter). He was President of the Society of Music Theory from 1997–99.

Leigh VanHandel is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Michigan State University. Her primary research areas are music theory pedagogy, music cognition, the relationship between music and language, computer-assisted research, and how those things all relate to one another. She is the author of Oxford University Press’s Music Theory Skill Builder, an online music fundamentals drill and practice program, and has published in journals such as Music Perception, The Journal of New Music Research, Empirical Musicology Review, and The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. She is currently serving on the Executive Board for the Society for Music Theory, and is editor and contributor to Routledge’s volume The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy, scheduled for publication in 2019.

Additional program details may be found on the Workshops in Music Theory Pedagogy website
For additional registration, payment, housing and/or meal plan details, contact the Registration office at 413-577-8102 or