Review of music literacy strand of the Oxford Music Analysis Conference (July 2023), Society for Music Analysis

Rebekah Donn, Daniel Elphick

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This review provides a summary and discussion of the ‘Music Literacy’ strand (day 1) of the Society for Music Analysis's OxMAC conference (University of Oxford, July 2023). The review highlights how the ever-expanding range of musics currently studied in higher education calls for an increasingly multifaceted understanding of the term ‘music literacy’. This was explored at the conference through presentations focusing on diverse aspects of music literacy, including its relationship with music technology, popular music, music pedagogy, musical hermeneutics and musical traditions grounded in the concepts of vibration and timbre. The review contextualises these presentations by outlining how they relate to wider current debates within music education at a variety of levels as well as the agenda of the Society for Music Analysis.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMusic Education Research
Early online date29 Jan 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jan 2024


  • Music literacy
  • music analysis

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