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The “straight”, traditional method of music theory ignores context (and often words), is disembodied and privileges theorists who are already doing well in the academy - which is systematically biased in favour of cisgender heterosexual white men. Schenkerian analysis is specifically part of a white supremacist project.

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* The “straight”, traditional method of music theory ignores context (and often words), is disembodied and privileges theorists who are already doing well in the academy - which is systematically biased in favour of cisgender heterosexual white men.

* Heinrich Schenker, the inventor of Schenkerian analysis was a white supremacist. This is present in his method.

* Trying to posit a universal queer listener will tend to replicate power structures already present.

* The path to diversified listening is diversified listeners.

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@celesteh

did not know about schenker and white supremacy (but it does not surprise me)

european cultural hegemony underlies vast majority of "music theory" with which i have come in contact (_sonic_design_ from cogan & escot a notable exception)

i look upon traditional music theory as just another branch of esoteric knowledge. my exposure has benefitted my understanding of (some) music, but the totality of systemic musical knowledge is much larger than "music theory" (i understand this is a privileged perspective, perhaps unavailable to many of your students)

i would suspect your teaching may help some students see beyond these artificial cultural hierarchies ...

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@js0000

I hated music theory when I was a youth, partly because it just doesn't apply to noise music and partly because the disembodied pseudo-mathematics seemed boing and pointless at best.

I got tapped to guest lecture in a couple of sessions of somebody else's module, so I'm happy the world has changed.

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