Note Doctors is a podcast all about music theory and music theory pedagogy. Each episode features an interview with an innovative music theory instructor. The podcast is hosted by three university theory instructors: Paul Thomas, Jenn Weaver, and Ben Graf.
Episode 12: Akira Sato - Guiding students through the AP Music Theory curriculum
Paul, Jenn, and Ben talk with Akira Sato, the full time AP Music Theory teacher at Plano West Senior High School in Plano, Texas. A member of the AP Music Theory Test Development Committee who regularly leads AP Summer Institutes and One Day Workshops throughout the country, Mr. Sato shares with us the experiences that led him to his current position and the approaches he uses to create an engaging and relevant classroom environment.
Episode 11: Gary Karpinski - Acquiring aural skills
Paul, Jenn, and Ben talk with Gary Karpinski, Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The author of numerous ear training texts, Dr. Karpinski shares his wealth of knowledge on the study of aural skills, aural perception, and pedagogy.
Episode 10: Elizabeth West Marvin - Writing theory textbooks for the 21st-century musician
Paul, Jenn, and Ben talk Elizabeth West Marvin, the Minehan Family Professor and Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music. The co-author of numerous theory textbooks, Dr. Marvin shares her passion for teaching theory and aural skills and how textbooks have the power to shape and guide the musical understanding of today's music students.
Episode 9: J. Daniel Jenkins - Taking music theory into the public sphere
Paul, Jenn, and Ben talk with J. Daniel Jenkins, associate professor of music theory at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Jenkins discusses his work in the area of public music theory and shares his experience teaching music theory at Lee Correctional Institution.
Episode 8: Recounting our favorite things from fall semester 2020
In a spirit of gratitude and festive good will, Paul, Jenn, and Ben list their favorite things about the past semester of teaching theory and aural skills.
Episode 7: John Mortensen - Teaching historic improvisation
Paul, Jenn, and Ben talk with Dr. John Mortensen, Professor of Piano at Cedarville University and an internationally recognized leader in the revival of classical improvisation. Dr. Mortensen shares why he began performing entire concerts of improvised music and how he teaches historic improvisation to his students both in the United States and abroad.