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Music Theory

This guide is comprised of resources that relate to the study of Music Theory. Please direct all inquiries to musiclib@bu.edu.



Center for Schenkerian Studies

Located at the University of North Texas, the Center promotes various activities including: the Journal of Schenkerian Studies, the typesetting of Schenkerian graphs for publication and dissemination, the preservation and archiving of documents contained in the Reinhard Oppel Memorial Collection housed at UNT’s Willis Library.

Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature

The CMHTL is based at the School of Music, Indiana University. This site features links to their projects and activities, among which are Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (TML) and saggi musicali italiani.

IMSLP Music Theory

This subpage of the IMSLP brings together compiles over 400 pages and growing that are marked as Music Theory resources found on the site. The catagory can be further sorted by Work Types, Instrumentation, Featured Instruments, Languages, Periods and Composers.

New England Conference of Music Theorists

The NECMT serves the academic music theory community in New England and the surrounding areas.

Society for Music Theory

Founded in 1977, the Society holds annual meetings, publishes two journals (Music Theory Spectrum and Music Theory Online), and encourages scholarly excellence by giving awards for outstanding publications in music theory.


Ex tempore : a journal of compositional and theoretical research in music.

In theory only

Indiana theory review

Journal of music theory

Music research forum.

Music theory online


Zeitschrift für Musiktheorie.

Reference works

A bibliography of the history of music theory.

Chromaticism : theory and practice

The complete musician : an integrated approach to tonal theory, analysis, and listening

Form and analysis theory : a bibliography

Graduate review of tonal theory : a recasting of common-practice harmony, form, and counterpoint

Music theory from Boethius to Zarlino : a bibliography and guide

Music theory from Zarlino to Schenker : a bibliography and guide

The musician's guide to theory and analysis

The shaping forces in music : an inquiry into the nature of harmony, melody, counterpoint, form

The study of orchestration

Understanding music