Music Theory in Popular Discourse and Ariana Grande’s “Problem”

On Episode 1 of Pop Unmuted, co-hosts Scott Interrante and Kurt Trowbridge are joined by music journalist Kira Grunenberg and Music Theory Ph.D. student Taylor Myers to discuss the role of music theory in popular discourse as well as Ariana Grande’s latest single, “Problem.”

For more reading:
Ted Gioia, “Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting,” The Daily Beast.
Owen Pallett, “Skin Tight Jeans and Syncopation: Explaining the Genius of Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ – Using Music Theory,” Slate.

People in this episode:

Taylor Myers

Taylor Myers is a music theory Ph.D. student at Rutgers University.

Kira Grunenberg

Kira Grunenberg is a music journalist and the founder of the Throw The Dice and Play Nice blog.

Scott Interrante

Scott Interrante holds a Master’s degree in Musicology from CUNY Hunter College focusing on contemporary pop music and masculinity. He hosts Pop Unmuted and K-Pop Unmuted

Kurt Trowbridge

Kurt Trowbridge is a web developer and freelance contributor to He is the founder of and the host of the Crowncast.

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