Music Theory & Composition Resources
Online Indexes | Encyclopedias & Dictionaries | Related Library Resources | Selected Internet Resources | Internet Indexes to Sources | Professional Organizations | Composition Competitions | Music Journals and Newsletters
Online Indexes to Music Theory & Composition Literature
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Related Library Resources
List of journals included.
Selected Internet Resources
The Allen Forte Archive (University of North Texas)
Digital documents are available for download there.
Boethius Server (UC Santa Barbara)
Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature - Includes several full-text databases of primary sources in music theory in four languages: Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (Latin), saggi musicali italiani (Italian), Traites francais sur la musique (French), and Texts on Music in English from the Medieval and Early Modern Eras (English).
Dolmetsch Music Theory Online - includes music theory & history lessons and recorder lessons; a music dictionary; and some essays on the physics of musical instruments.
E-Music Theory - Music theory tools for teachers and students.
Encyclopedia of Microtonal Music Theory (by Joseph L. Monzo, Tonalsoft)
Google Books - Includes full-text coverage of some primary sources in music theory by authors like Riemann and Tinctoris (partial coverage is available for others, including Zarlino, Schenker and Schoenberg). Click on advanced search, choose "Limited preview and full view", and search by author for best results (subject and full text searching are also available).
Guide to Schenkerian Analysis - the companion web site to SchenkerGUIDE: A Brief Handbook and Website for Schenkerian Analysis, published by Routledge (by Tom Pankhurst)
Music Fundamentals - Fundamentals of pitch and major scales and keys. From TEC Music Theory Resources, other modules, including rhythm, minor scales and keys, intervals, triads, etc. are available also.
Music Theory Resources - Includes basic music theory tutorials and an index of music theory literature.
Ricci Adams' musictheory.net - online lessons in music theory
Rhythm and Meter in Tonal Music : A Bibliography and Glossary of Terms (by Dr. Gary Wittlich and Jay Tomlin, Indiana University Theory Department)
Saggi musicali italiani - A database for texts on music theory and aesthetics (CHMTL, Indiana University)
Schenker Documents Online - the correspondence, diaries, and lesson books of Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935) (University of Cambridge)
Teoria : Music Theory Web - includes tutorials on music theory, exercises to practice and develop ear training and music theory skills, definitions of terms and articles about music and analysis.
Tonal Centre - an interactive site for music composers and theorists which explains and demonstrates some of the key concepts of tonality; including chords, scales, cadences, and modulation.
Tuning & temperament bibliography - this bibliography was created by Manuel Op de Coul, Brian McLaren, Franck Jedrzejewski and Dominique Devie. Originally part of Brian McLaren's article "A Brief History of Microtonality in the Twentieth Century", Xenharmonikon vol. 17, Frog Peak, 1998.
Composer Specific Sites (KSU Performing Arts Library, Music History Guide)
A Practical Guide to Musical Composition (by Alan Belkin, composer)
Internet Indexes to Resources
In Theory Only Analysis Index - Covers music theory writings published in the United States between 1955 and 1970--including books, articles, dissertations, reports, reviews, and other documents. Includes works on a broad range of topics that intersect with theory--musicology, aesthetics, philosophy, acoustics, cognition, and pedagogy, among others. Indexed by author, topic, musical work analyzed, and historical theorists discussed in the writings. Includes fulltext searching capability.
Music Theory Online Dissertation Index - A list of only music theory dissertations (including abstracts and tables of contents) announced in Music Theory Online (MTO), the online journal of the Society for Music Theory. Search the contents of the index at the MTO homepage (scroll down to the Previous Issues box), or see a list of new dissertations.
UT Analysis Index - A web-based index maintained by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Searchable by composer or piece name.
Gesellschaft fur Musiktheorie (Germany)
Music Publishers Association (includes Copyright Clearing House)
Vereniging voor Muziektheorie (Netherlands/Belgium)
Music Journals and Newsletters
InfoRISM (RISM's online newsletter)