The Society for Music Analysis (SMA) is a UK-based international organisation dedicated to music theory and analysis. We operate as a charity and are registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (charity number 1168650). We are affiliated with the journal Music Analysis and T&AM, The European Network for Theory and Analysis of Music. We support and organise a regular programme of events, including the annual Theory and Analysis Graduate Students (TAGS) Conference, the Music Analysis Summer School (a residential course taught by international experts), and other Music Analysis Conferences (‘MACs’) and symposia.

The SMA welcomes interests in all musical repertoires and cultures and promotes music theory and analysis in the broadest sense, including formal and critical theory, aesthetics, semiotics, music psychology, cognitive science, music technology and many other subdisciplines and interdisciplines.

If you have a passion for finding out how music works, and what it means, then the SMA is for you. We look forward to welcoming you to the next SMA event. See the Join page to become an SMA member.





Latest video blogs

SMA Video Podcasts, Episode 4

‘Analysis in Context’ featuring Kenneth Smith, out now.

SMA Video Podcasts, Episode 3

‘Analysing Musical Time’ featuring Anne Hyland, out now.

SMA Video Podcasts, Episode 2

‘Aspects of Popular Music’ featuring Allan Moore, out now.

SMA membership comes with free access to study days, discounts on Music Analysis journal subscriptions, and more

Who We Are

Kenneth Smith Email: Kenneth is Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool where he has worked since holding posts at Keele and Durham (where he completed his PhD in 2009). He lectures on various aspects of music theory in popular and classical repertoires. His first book, Skryabin, Philosophy and the Music of Desire was published early […]

The trustees of the Society for Music Analysis manage the affairs of the charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), and for that purpose may exercise all the powers of the CIO. Trustees take on different roles within the Society, including responsibility for areas including outreach, communications and events. Profiles of the individual trustees are given below. Esther Cavett […]

SMA Student Representatives help the committee discover what sort of workshops, seminars and conferences are of interest to emerging scholars, and take a lead role in organising and developing our programme of student events. Profiles of the Student Representatives are given below. Email: Bozhidar Chapkanov Bozhidar is a PhD student at City, University of London, […]

SMA officers

The Society for Music Analysis appoints officers to look after the Society’s administration and finances, and to lead on matters of Equality and Diversity. The Society’s official documents, including its Equality and Diversity Mission statement, can be read here. Profiles of Society officers are given below. Equality and Diversity Officer: Anne Hyland Email: Anne Hyland […]

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