The Monochord in the Medieval and Modern Classrooms

Kathryn Buehler-McWilliams, Russell E. Murray


The monochord was a standard feature of musical pedagogy in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In the modern classroom, it allows our students to experience the pedagogical world of the medieval classroom, bringing a deeper reality to an otherwise abstract series of concepts. This article presents a general overview of the various uses of the monochord in medieval and Renaissance pedagogy and provides a lesson plan for using the instrument effectively in an undergraduate music history class.


Pegagogy; Music Theory; Monochord; Pseudo-Odo; Guido of Arrezzo; Jean de Muris, Bartolomeo Ramis de Pereia

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ISSN 2155-109X