Diversifying Music Theory with Ellie Hisama

Season 2, Episode 3

Music theory has long been a space in which white male scholars analyze music  by white male composers. But many music theorists are actively trying to change that, and our guest today, Professor Ellie Hisama, is foremost among them. In this conversation, we discuss her pioneering work on women modernist composers; diversifying the music theory classroom; her recent scholarship on gender discrimination in music theory, including sexist and homophobic comments made by Milton Babbitt; and a lot more.

Ellie Hisama is Professor of Music, Music Theory and Historical Musicology at Columbia University.

If you’re interested in learning more about Professor Hisama’s work, check out:

Also, for those seeking more information about “Schenkergate” and Philip Ewell’s scholarship on structural racism in music theory, check out:

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A written transcript of this episode is available here; many thanks to Andrew Dell’Antonio for volunteering to prepare transcripts for the show!