Women in the History of Music Theory

Since (at least) Ptolemais of Cyrene, women have been actively involved in creating and transmitting music theory, often to a hitherto unacknowledged extent, and modern scholarship has only recently begun to explore these contributions. This portion of our website will soon feature current projects by historians of theory that seek to identify the historical and social conditions under which these activities took place, while also examining the ways in which music-theoretical work by women was received. In tandem with our AMS panel on “Women in the History of Music Theory” this November, we hope to encourage dialogue about how new historical methodologies and expanded definitions of music theory can aid in recovering and highlighting these contributions.

Updates will be forthcoming.