Society for Music Theory
The Society for Music Theory (SMT) is an American organisation devoted to the promotion of music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. It currently has a membership of over 1200, primarily in the United States.
The Society was founded at a meeting of scholars at Northwestern University on 19 October 1977, largely as a result of a belief among theorists that the teaching of music theory was inadequate and that the subject was not properly recognised as a scholarly discipline in its own right. Prominent amongst its aims, therefore, was the promotion of the idea that music theory should be taught by theorists, rather than composers, performers or music historians. Since its foundation, the society has had a significant impact in many other countries, leading to the establishment of similar societies in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea.
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