Joint Panel on Pre-University Music Theory

I am excited to co-organise a panel discussion, jointly hosted by the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie and Society for Music Analysis, which will be entitled »Essentials or Preliminaries? Perspectives on Pre-University Music Theory«. This will be the first collaboration of the SMA Zoom Colloquium and the GMTH International Music Theory Lectures, featuring Rebekka Albrecht, Esther Cavett, Laura Krämer, James Olsen, Mark Richards, and Kenneth Smith, who will contribute their views as lecturers at secondary schools, music schools, and universities. Really looking forward to this exchange of thoughts—if you are interested as well, please join the session on Thursday, 1 June, 19:30 CEST (18:30 BST). Further information on the speakers and the Zoom details can be found on this website and also on this website.

Interview: Subsistence of Musicians

My colleague Heike Michaelis and I have been interviewed for the current neue musikzeitung on a number of topics related to advocacy of freelance musicianship, such as fee structures, pension provision, cultural policy, professional development in music, and association work in the Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband. Check this link to learn about my thoughts and views (on some of which I have already expanded elsewhere), and feel free to comment and share your opinion. This interview also marks the end of my collaboration with the nmz as I am about to turn away to other media outlets.

String Quartet in AI major

This is a first movement exposition from a classical string quartet of undisclosed origin. How would you rate it under the following premises? (choose one or more)

  • as an excerpt from a work by Anton Ferdinand Titz (1742–1810)
  • as a composition study by a music theory major student
  • as a product created by artificial intelligence

Please note that the origin and authorship of the piece is irrelevant, and you are not expected to attribute it (I might disclose this later). The question is how you would assess the quality of the music in terms of style and compositional proficiency.

Being a Digital Fellow

Happy to announce that I have been awarded a fellowship for innovation in digital teaching at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. This means that I will be able to realise a collaborative project titled Music Theory Tutor 2.0, dedicated to the advancement of technology-based music theory teaching. With the support of a software developer, I aim to create a tool (or a set of plugins) for designing modular assignments with music scores and audio content that can be edited, solved, and evaluated via an interactive online platform. Can’t wait to move forward this exciting project!