Explore the debate and science of Music.

October 6, 2020

Music Theory, Narrative Constriction, and the Fix We’re In

Erich Korngold

How did the obscure field of Schenkerian music theory become the latest cancel culture battleground?

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August 3, 2020

A Canceled Music Theorist Responds

Timothy Jackson

What does "systemic racism" have to do with music theory? Some claim that they are deeply intertwined. Dr. Timothy Jackson argued against this view and was promptly canceled.

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February 20, 2014

NAS vs. Nas

Peter Wood

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) is sometimes confused with the hip hop artist and actor, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, widely known as Nas. The mistake is understandable.  Here’s how......

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December 6, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: Christmas Music

Glenn Ricketts

A quiz on some of the traditions behind traditional Christmas music.

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December 3, 2013

Test Your Knowledge: Music Education

Rachelle Peterson

Do you know your scales and arpeggios?

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February 6, 2013

The Transformational Decade

Daniel Asia

The University of Arizona debuts its new hip-hop major.

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February 4, 2013

The Put On of the Century, or the Cage Centenary

Daniel Asia

It is the John Cage Centenary and the 100th birthday of the Rite of Spring. Why is the former so unimportant, and the latter so important?

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November 1, 2012

Stravinsky and Hip-hop Culture

Daniel Asia

In today's culture of non-judgmentalism, can we still distinguish between Stravinsky's ballets and local DJs' synthesized beats?

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September 10, 2012

Mumford and Sons: God, Literature, and Rock and Roll

David Clemens

A deeper look at the lyrics of popular band Mumford and Sons reveals influences of Steinbeck and explorations of the 21st century male experience and his spiritual yearnings.

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