Sixteenth Annual Meeting

William Paterson University, Wayne NJ
Friday and Saturday, March 2324, 2018

The MTSMA welcomes proposals on any aspect of music theory. Building upon the recent success of its innovative and popular dual-format keynote and presentation offerings, the conference will once again feature regular and short paper sessions, as well as a keynote address and workshop. Regular presentations are limited to 30 minutes: 20 minutes for the paper and 10 minutes for discussion. Short presentations are limited to 15 minutes: 10 minutes for the paper and 5 minutes for discussion. The MTSMA website is

Professor Poundie Burstein (Hunter College) will deliver the keynote address, entitled “The Sky is Not Blue, and Teaching Traditional Harmony and Counterpoint.” He will also conduct a professional development workshop for graduate students and faculty on Galant form.

The submission deadline is December 29, 2017 (extended one week). Please e-mail proposals to from November 10th to December 29nd. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously. No information that identifies the author(s) or his or her institutional affiliation should appear in the proposal or abstract. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by January 15. Each application should include:

  1. A proposal, limited to 500 words and no more than two pages of text, double-swu@gmail.comppaced in a 10- to 12-point font, plus examples and references (not included in the word limit). These must be combined as a single PDF document.
  2. A 200-250-word abstract, suitable for publication.
  3. A Cover letter indicating your name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and the name of your paper. Please also indicate if you would like to be considerd for the Dorthy Payne award (see below).

Next to the title of the paper on the proposal, applicants should designate their proposals as intended for: 1) long format only; 2) short format only; 3) long format preferred; 4) short format preferred; or 5)either format [e.g.“Wonderful Paper on Intriguing Aspect of Muisic Theory (short format only)”] Although there is no strict distinction between proposals for regular and short presentatiohs, short presentation applications may be substantially less than the maximum length allowed. While proposals from MTSMA officers and committee members will be accepted, 2018 Program Committee members are prohibited from submitting proposals. Questions may be addressed to Quin Dizon (

Any graduate student whose proposal is approved as a regular or short presentation may also be considered for the Dorothy Payne Award for the best student presentation. The award will be judged solely on the paper presentation. (It will not be necessary to submit the completed paper prior to the conference.) This award is restricted to papers authored or co-authored solely by students. For the purposes of this award, the receipt of a terminal degree or employment in a full-time, academic position will sigmal the end of student status. Previous winners of the Dorothy Payne Award are not eligible.

2018 Program Committee: Daniel Zimmerman, chair (University of Maryland, College Park), Janine Brown (Peabody Institute), Eugene Montague (George Mason University), Joseph Siu (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Kip Wile (Peabody Institute). Click here to download the CFP as a word file.

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