Dear all, 

We would like to invite you to the SMA workshop on 16 November 2019, at City, University of London. Based on the theme, “Analysis and Performance”, this workshop will be led by Dr. Ian Pace. 

This workshop is a free event open to all SMA student members. Student (undergraduate and postgraduate) members and early career researchers are strongly encouraged to attend. Attendees will be required to do a small number of readings in preparation for the workshop. 

There will also be a public debate (Music in the Curriculum: tensions, choices and opportunities) on Friday 15 November at City University at 5:30pm on Music Education. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend. Please find more details on:


An outline of the workshop is attached below for your perusal: 


16 November 2019, City, University of London 

Society for Music Analysis 

10:00-10:30 Introduction and short open discussion on ‘works’ and ‘texts’ 

10:30-10:45 Break 

10:45-11:45 AND 

12:00-13:00 Seminar sessions (one or two groups) discussing key texts including: 

Wallace T. Berry, Musical Structure and Performance (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1989) 

Eugene Narmour, ‘On the relationship of analytical theory to performance and interpretation’, in Explorations in Music, the Arts and Ideas, edited Eugene Narmour and 

Ruth A. Solie (Stuyvesant: Pendragon, 1988), pp. 317-340 

Nicholas Cook, ‘Analysing Performance and Performing Analysis’, in Rethinking Music, edited Nicholas Cook and Mark Everist (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 239-261. 

Laudan Nooshin, Iranian Classical Music: The Discourses and Practice of Creativity (Abingdon and New York: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 95-156. 

Robert Walser, ‘Out of Notes: Signification, Interpretation, and the Problem of Miles Davis’, The Musical Quarterly, vol. 77, no. 2 (Summer 1993), pp. 343-365


13:00-14:30 Lunch 

14:30-15:30 Ian Pace, Lecture ‘In Defence of Analytically-Informed Performance’ 

15:30-16:00 Coffee 

16:00-17:00 PG student presentations 

17:00-17:45 Closing discussion on the future of analysis and performance 

We would also like to invite 4 students to do a short presentation (15 minutes) involving analysis and performance. These do not have to be full research papers and can be a work in progress. If you are interested, please provide a short proposal (an abstract c. 250 words) and send it to (by 3 November) and we will aim to notify you of acceptance by 7 November to allow sufficient time for preparation. 

There are a number of travel bursaries available for SMA members based in the UK, visit for more details. Further relevant information will be provided upon registration. Please register your interest in attending by emailing The deadline for general registration and bursary application is Friday 8th November 2019. 

With kind regards, 

Yvonne Teo and Anna Kent-Muller 

2019-20 SMA Student Representatives