The Overton Window and Music Theory Pedagogy

Explanation of the Overton Window

The Overton Window (Mackinac Center)

Tables of Contents from music theory textbooks used in this project

Bruce Benward and Marilyn Saker, Music in Theory and Practice (9th ed.)

L. Poundie Burstein and Joseph Straus, Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony (1st ed.)

William Christ, Richard DeLeone, Vernon Kliewer, Lewis Rowell, and William Thomson, Materials and Structure of Music (3rd ed.)

Allen Forte, Tonal Harmony in Concept and Practice (2nd ed.)

Robert Gauldin, Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music (1st ed.)

Richard Franko Goldman, Harmony in Western Music (1st ed.)

Paul O. Harder, Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music (1st ed.)

Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, Tonal Harmony (1st ed.)

Stefan Kostka, Dorothy Payne, and Byron Almén, Tonal Harmony (7th ed.)

Steven G. Laitz, The Complete Musician (4th ed.)

Elizabeth West Marvin and Jane Piper Clendinning, The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis (3rd ed.)

William J. Mitchell, Elementary Harmony (3rd ed.)

Walter Piston and Mark DeVoto, Harmony (5th ed.)

Miguel A. Roig-Francolí, Harmony in Context (2nd ed.)

Ralph Turek and Daniel McCarthy, Theory for Today’s Musician (2nd ed.)

Comparison Spreadsheet

Overton Comparison