2014 Pre-Conference Workshop

Music Theory Midwest is pleased to announce its fourth annual Pre-Conference Workshop, led by Professor Nicole Biamonte, McGill University. Unlike workshops at many other conferences, MTMW’s workshops are not restricted to students but are open to faculty participation as well. The workshop will be held on the campus of Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, immediately prior to the annual meeting on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26. Details of the workshop are given below.

WORKSHOP TITLE: Rhythm, Meter and Hypermeter in Pop-Rock Music

DESCRIPTION: Rhythm is an extremely important aspect of popular music—perhaps the most salient aspect, since unlike much western art music, there is normally an explicit and prominent separate rhythmic layer—and yet it has been less studied than other parameters such as pitch structure, form, lyrics, or sociocultural contexts. In this workshop we will examine common paradigms of rhythm, meter, and hypermeter in pop-rock music, their relationships to overall musical texture, and their functions at the local phrase level and the larger level of musical form. We will consider the applicability and explanatory power of various theories of rhythm and meter developed for art music, including those of Lerdahl and Jackendoff, Krebs, Berry, Hasty, and London. In preparation for the workshop, participants will read an article by the presenter summarizing these theories and recent scholarship on temporal organization in popular music, and will analyze songs by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead and others. Participants are also invited to submit additional examples of rhythmic, metric and/or hypermetric interest.

ELIGIBILITY: All interested students (graduate and undergraduate) and faculty are encouraged to apply following the instructions below. Participants are not required to reside in the Midwest region. The only restriction is that students and faculty from the workshop leaders’ home institution (McGill University) are not eligible. The workshop will be limited to 15 participants, and it is anticipated that a minimum of 10 of the 15 positions will be reserved for students.

Questions may be directed to MTMW secretary, Melissa Hoag ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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