Post-Tonal Theory


Teaching Post-Tonal Theory

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Alegant, Brian. "Teaching Post-Tonal Aural Skills." In The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory, edited by Rachel Lumsden and Jeffrey Swinkin. New York: Norton, pp. 147–160. {GB}

Bain, Reginald. 2016. "Scripting Web Apps for Music Theory using SVG & Web Audio API." Association for Technology in Music Instruction 2016 national conference. Santa Fe, NM. Available online at: <>.

Buchler, Michael. "A Case Against Teaching Set Classes to Undergraduates." Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy, Vol. 5. Available online at: <>.

Fleming, Amy and Aaron Grant. 2020. "The Rest Is Noise: A Historically Integrated Approach to Post-Tonal Pedagogy." Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy
Volume 34/2. {JMTP}

Friedmann, Michael L. 1990. Ear Training for Twentieth-Century Music. New Haven: Yale University Press. {GB}

Geary, David and Robert Komaniecki. 2017. "Post-Tonal Solmization for Post-Tonal Aural Skills: Implementing Ordered Pitch-Class Intervals." Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 31 (2017). {JMTP}

Hook, Julian. 2018. "Teaching Mathematical Techniques in Music Theory." In The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory, edited by Rachel Lumsden and Jeffrey Swinkin. New York: Norton, pp. 88–104. {GB}

Lewin, Harold F. 1980. "On the Formation of Collections of Twelve-Note Rows That Contain Segments of Common Pitch-Class Content." College Music Symposium 20/1 (Spring, 1980): 49–92. {JSTOR}

Morris, Robert D. 1994.  "Recommendations for Atonal Music Pedagogy in General; Recognizing and Hearing Set-Classes in Particular." Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 8 (1994): 75–134. {JMTP}

Pearsall, Edward and John Schaffer. 2005. "Shape/Interval Contours and Their Ordered Transformations: A Motivic Approach to Twentieth-Century Music Analysis and Aural Skills." College Music Symposium (October 3, 2005). {CMS}

Roeder, John. 2014. "Transformation in Post-Tonal Music." Oxford Handbooks Online (August 2014). {Oxford Handbooks Online}

Roig-Francolí, Miguel. 2017. "A Pedagogical and Psychological Challenge: Teaching Post-Tonal Music to Twenty-First-Century Students." Indiana Theory Review 33/1 & 2 (Spring & Fall 2017). {Project Muse}

Schiano, Michael J. 1999. "The Role of Musical Set Theory in Undergraduate Education." College Music Symposium (October 1, 1999). {CMS}

Silberman, Peter. 2003. "Post-Tonal Improvisation in the Aural Skills Classroom." Music Theory Online 9/2 (July 2003). {MTO}

Straus, Joseph N. "Ten Tips for Teaching Post-Tonal Theory."  In The Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory, edited by Rachel Lumsden and Jeffrey Swinkin. New York: Norton, pp. 79–87. {GB}

Online Resources by Joseph N. Straus

Straus, Joseph N. 2022a. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring: Analysis {Website; YouTube Channel}

______________. 2022b. "The Melodic Organization of The Rite of Spring." Music Theory Online 28/4 (December 2022). {MTO}

______________. 2022c. The Art of Post-Tonal Analysis: Thirty-Three Graphic Music Analyses. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB; Companion Website}

______________. 2012. "Three Stravinsky Analyses." Music Theory Online 18/4 (December 2012). {MTO}

______________. 1991. "A Primer for Atonal Set Theory." College Music Symposium 31 (1991). {CMS}


Burstein, L. Poundie and Joseph N. Straus. 2020. "Part 6: Post-Tonal Theory," in A Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, 2nd ed. New York: Norton. {GB; Norton}

Kostka, Stefan and Matthew Santa. 2018. Materials and Techniques of Post-Tonal Music, 5th ed. New York: Routledge. {GB}

Lambert, Philip. Basic Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis. New York: Oxford, 2018. {GBd}.

Pearsall, Edward. 2012. Twentieth-Century Music Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge. {GB; Full text: E-book Central}

Roig-Francolí, Miguel. 2021. Understanding Post-Tonal Music, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge. {GB; 1/e: GB}

Straus, Joseph N. 2016. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory. New York: Norton. {GB; Norton}


Belcher, Owen. "Review of Basic Post-Tonal Theory and Analysis by Philip Lambert, and Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory by Joseph N. Straus." Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy 34 (2020). {JMTP}

Mead, Andrew. 2011. "Review of Understanding Post-Tonal Music and Anthology of Post-Tonal Music, by Miguel A. Roig-Francolí," Gamut: Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic 4/1 (2011). {Gamut}

McGartland, Aidan. 2023. "Joseph N. Straus. The Art of Post-Tonal Analysis: Thirty-Three Graphic Music Analyses." Context 48 (2022): 126-129. {Context}

Updated: July 13, 2023

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music