Archive for January, 2011

Membership Renewals

Membership subscriptions for the 2011 calendar year are now due. To renew your membership, please follow the instructions on the Join page.

Posted on 22nd January 2011 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags:

CFP: TAGS Conference 2011 for Music Postgraduates

NB: for the 2012 TAGS conference CFP, please see

Venue: Institute of Musical Research, London.
Conference dates: Wednesday 27th – Thursday 28th April 2011.
Proposal deadline: Friday 11th March 2011.

Student travel bursaries and conference accommodation available

Keynote Speakers:

  • Michiel Schuijer (Conservatorium van Amsterdam): ‘The Modern Conservatory and the Practice/Theory Dichotomy in Music Education’
  • Arnold Whittall (Kings College, London): ‘Written off? Theory, analysis, and twenty-first century musicology’

The SMA’s annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference will be hosted by the Institute for Musical Research on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th April 2011. Centred in the heart of London, 2 minutes’ walk from Russell Square tube-station, the IMR is located in the University of London’s Senate House buildings (see for details). Delegates will be invited to arrive by lunchtime on Wednesday and sessions will finish by late afternoon on Thursday.

The event aims to provide a supportive and friendly environment in which postgraduates can gain experience in presenting their work and meet fellow researchers. Participants who do not wish to give a paper are also very welcome. Proposals are invited from postgraduate students for 20-minute papers addressing any analytical or theoretical subject. We also welcome submissions in the following areas:

  • Performance Analysis and Improvisation
  • Analysing Atonal Music
  • Perception of Musical Structure
  • Analysing non-Western Musics
  • Music & Philosophy
  • Analysis and Computer Modelling
  • Popular Music Analysis
  • The Ontology of Musical Works
  • The Future of Music Analysis

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by email to Kenneth Smith at (email size limit = 5MB). Please include name, affiliation, postal address, email address and AV requirements on a separate cover sheet. Organisers of themed sessions should submit a brief overview together with the individual abstracts.

The closing date for receipt of proposals is 11th March 2011. All those submitting proposals will be notified of the outcome by 25th March 2011.


Reasonably priced accommodation (£40 per single room, B&B) has been negotiated for delegates at Passfield Hall, Bloomsbury for Wednesday night. There are a limited number of rooms, so please indicate as early as possible if you would like to have one reserved.

Student Travel Bursaries

A limited amount of bursaries (of up to £100) for travel and accommodation expenses are available for existing student members of the SMA. Further information on the application process may be found at

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Newsletters from 2010

Please find below our newsletters from 2010.

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Newsletters from the ’00s

Newsletters from the noughties.

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Newsletters from the ’90s

For your continuing enjoyment, please find the first thirteen editions of the SMA Newsletter below!

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The SMA Committee is delighted announce that Kenneth Smith has been elected Vice-President & Events Officer, and that Suzie Wilkins has been elected as one of our two Student Representatives. Neither post was contested. Their statements of candidature can be found below. Congratulations to both Kenneth and Suzie!

We would also like to thank our retiring Vice-President, Danuta Mirka, retiring Events Officer, Lois Fitch, and retiring Student Representative, Tristian Evans, for all their hard work on the SMA Committee. » Read more: Elections

Posted on 14th January 2011 by David Bretherton in SMA No comments » Tags:

New Website

New SMA WebsiteWelcome to our new website!

While our old website served us very well for the best part of a decade, our new site and online infrastructure offers numerous benefits, such as the ability to publish SMA-related announcements at break-neck speed. The site consists of both static information pages and a blog-style News page for posting news stories, meanwhile the Home page updates dynamically with information about forthcoming events (full events listings can be found on the Events pages) and recent news items. If you have any comments on the new website, please email David Bretherton at

Of course, the SMA’s real focus is serving the UK’s musical and musicological communities by promoting and supporting music analysis and related disciplines, for both established and emerging scholars, and students. For further information about our activities see our Scope page, or see the Join page to become an SMA member.

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