Course Websites

Paul Klee, Ad Parnassum (1932)
MUSC 116Music Theory II
MUSC 215Music Theory III
MUSC 216Music Theory IV
MUSC 336Introduction to Computer Music
MUSC 525Post-Tonal Theory
MUSC 540 Projects in Computer Music
MUSC 725Contemporary Styles II (1945-80)
MUSC 726BMusic and Mathematics
MUSC 729Contrapuntal Techniques
MUSC 737Advanced Projects in Computer Music


Duke TIP CourseMusic, Math & Computers


Lautzenheiser (1992) identifies some qualities of successful teachers:

  1. They are CARING.
  2. They show tremendous DEDICATION.
  3. They always HAVE TIME for their students.
  4. They have a good SENSE OF HUMOR.
  5. They can COMMUNICATE well.
  6. They ENJOY teaching.
  8. They are FAIR.
  9. They demonstrate PERSISTENCE.
  10. They RESPECT their students.

— Tim Lautzenheiser, The Art of Successful Teaching

...20 percent of the children in a certain elementary school were reported to their teachers as showing unusual potential for intellectual growth. The names of these 20 percent of the children were drawn by means of a table of random numbers, which is to say that the names were drawn out of a hat. Eight months later these unusual or 'magic' children showed significantly greater gains in IQ than did the remaining children who had not been singled out for the teachers' attention. The change in the teachers' expectations regarding the intellectual performance of these allegedly 'special' children had led to an actual change in the intellectual performance of these randomly selected children.

— Robert Rosenthal and Lenore Jacobson, Pygmalion in the Classroom

Teaching/Learning Guides & Resources

  • Columbia, Center for Teaching and Learning, Teaching Resources {Columbia}
  • Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence {Cornell}
  •       {Cornell}
  • Harvard
  •      Great Teachers Video Channel {YouTube}
  •      Writing Project {Harvard}
  • Stanford Teaching Commons, Teaching Resources {Stanford}
  • University of California, Berkeley, Learning: Theory & Research {Berkeley}
  • University of Chicago, Teaching Guides {Chicago}
  • University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching {Michigan}
  • University of South Carolina, CTE Resources {USC}
  • Vanderbilt, Center for Teaching, Teaching Guides {Vanderbilt}


  • Bloom's Taxonomy, by Patricia Armstrong {Vanderbilt}
  • Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) (Gardner 1983)
  •      The components of MI {MI Oasis}
The only source of knowledge is experience.

— Albert Einstein

All genuine learning is active, not passive. It involves the use of the mind, not just the memory. It is a process of discovery, in which the student is the main agent, not the teacher.

— Mortimer Adler

The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.

— Seymour Papert

Teaching Music Theory

Advancing Communication, Learning & Teaching

  • Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science {Stony Brook}
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching {Carnegie}
  • Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence {Cornell}
  • Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning {Harvard}
  • Edutopia {Edutopia}
  • From STEM to STEAM {}
  • Ted Talks on Music {TED}
  • World Science Festival {WSF}

Music, Art & Science


Gardner, Howard. 1983. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
      New York: Basic Books. {GB}

Hofstadter, Douglas. 1979. Gödel, Escher, Bach. New York: Vintage Books.

Lautzenheiser, Tim. 1992. The Art of Successful Teaching: A Blend of Content & Context.
      Chicago: GIA Publications. {GB}

Papert, Seymour. 1980. Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas..
      New York: Basic Books. {GB}

Rogers, Michael R. 2004. Teaching Approaches in Music Theory: An Overview of Pedagogical Philosophies, 2nd ed.
      Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press. {GB}

Rosenthal, Robert and Lenore Jacobson. 1968/1992. Pygmalion in the Classroom: Teacher Expectation and Pupils' Intellectual Development.
      New York: Crown House Publishing.

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Updated: August 25, 2017