Is No One Teaching Rhythm and Meter?
The program for last month's conference on "Teaching Music Theory in the Twentieth Century" suggests that zero of the sixty-five papers and posters concerned the teaching of musical meter or rhythm. The evidence from the program for the 2017 conference of the same name is slightly different: zero of the papers and one of the posters had that focus. Give the efflorescence of metric research in the last 40 years, among music theorists, perceptual psychologists, and neuroscientists, there must be something there that might be useful for young musicians to learn about! I'll go further, and suggest that teaching them that something might be appreciated by our colleagues in composition, classical performance, jazz, and world music. I'd be interested in any thoughts about why this centuries-long absence continues unabated. --Rick Cohn