Music Theory Spectrum
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DisciplineMusic theory
Edited byMarianne Wheeldon
Publication details
Oxford University Press (United States)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Music Theory Spectr.
ISSN0195-6167 (print)
1533-8339 (web)
OCLC no.225222134

Music Theory Spectrum (ISSN 0195-6167) is a peer-reviewed, academic journal specializing in music theory and analysis. It is the official journal of the Society for Music Theory, and is published by Oxford University Press. The journal was first published in 1979 as the official organ of the Society for Music Theory, which had been founded in 1977 and had its first conference in 1978.[1] Unlike many other journals (music or otherwise), Music Theory Spectrum was initially published in an oblong (landscape) page format, to better accommodate such musical graphics as Schenkerian graphs.[1]

Published twice annually, Music Theory Spectrum includes research articles and book reviews. Online access to back issues of the journal up 2017 is provided through JSTOR.[2] In a 1999 study, it was the seventh most frequently cited journal in music theses overall, and the third most frequently cited journal in music theory theses.[3]

In Spring 2014, Oxford University Press began publishing Music Theory Spectrum, beginning with Volume 36, Issue 1. It replaced the University of California Press.[4]

Music Theory Spectrum is currently edited by Marianne Wheeldon. Its first editor was Bryan Simms, and other past editors have included Severine Neff, Joel Lester, Philip Lambert, Daniel Harrison, and Henry Klumpenhouwer.


  1. ^ a b Berry, David Carson (2005), "Schenkerian Theory in the United States: A Review of Its Establishment and a Survey of Current Research Topics", Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, 2 (2–3): 111–112.
  2. ^ JSTOR: Music Theory Spectrum.
  3. ^ Kuyper-Rushing, Lois (1999), "Identifying Uniform Core Journal Titles for Music Libraries: A Dissertation Citation Study" (PDF), College & Research Libraries, 60 (2): 153–163, doi:10.5860/crl.60.2.153.
  4. ^ "Music Theory Spectrum". Society for Music Theory.