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‘It makes you think anything is possible’: Representing diversity in music theory pedagogy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016

Robert Davidson
School of Music, School of Music, University of Queensland, Qld 4072,
Mandy Lupton
Queensland University of Technology, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059,


This paper critiques a traditional approach to music theory pedagogy. It argues that music theory courses should draw on pedagogies that reflect the diversity and pluralism inherent in 21st century music making. It presents the findings of an action research project investigating the experiences of undergraduate students undertaking an innovative contemporary art music theory course. It describes the students’ struggle in coming to terms with a course that integrated composing, performing, listening and analysing coupled with what for many was their first exposure to the diversity of contemporary art music. The paper concludes with suggesting that the approach could be adopted more widely throughout music programs.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 

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