The Croatian Association of Music Theorists was founded in Zagreb on March 1, 1997. Today the CAMT has more than 300 members who teach music theory and music history at specialized music schools from elementary to high school levels, at general education institutions, or promote music theory and practice in different ways. The CAMT strives to promote music theory, upgrade teaching music theory and the art of music and participate in all kinds of pedagogical activities relating to music theory.
The CAMT publishes the annual journal THEORIA with a circulation of 2500 copies. THEORIA presents articles about music theory, and is distributed to the members of the Association, all music schools and music academies in Croatia, as well as to all general education institutions where music is taught; electronic copies are available in open access on the CAMT website. The periodical covers a wide range of topics. Since the journal is issued in Croatian (with abstracts in English since 2017), most of the authors are native speakers of this language, but international trends are also covered through translations of texts by foreign authors.
Apart from publishing its periodical, the CAMT is an active book publisher. The list of published items includes more than twenty textbooks for music students on various educational levels, written by our members and covering the main music theory subjects like solfège, harmony, counterpoint and the analysis of musical forms. In 2000 we started publishing translations of foreign popular non-educational books on music, with Esther Meynell’s Die kleine Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach, translated for the first time into Croatian (like the rest of our book translations). Besides, we publish translations of foureign literature, such as H. H. Eggebrechts Bachs Kunst der Fuge. Erscheinung und Deutung, Stefan Kunze: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sinfonie g-Moll KV 550, an extraordinarily popular issue of Ludwig Prautzsch’s book Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich hiermit – Figuren und Symbole in den letzten Werken Johann Sebastian Bachs (the first Croatian edition of 2007 was immediately followed by the second in 2008, a translation of Was ist Musik? by Carl Dahlhaus and Hans Heinrich Eggebrecht and a textbook on the moveable counterpoint by Zoran Bozanić. Finally, we are very proud to have published professional books on music and recordings by our fellow members (full list available here). Our publications also include didactic games and textbooks for the youngest generation of music lovers.
In 2005 the CAMT started a manifestation called The Days of Music Theory that takes place every autumn (usually in September or October) which includes presentations and lectures throughout Croatia, with a big meeting in Zagreb, intended for music theory teachers on all educational levels. Beside Croatian colleagues, since 2010 we regularly invite prominent lecturers from abroad.
The European Societies for Theory and/or Analysis of Music decided during EuroMAC 9 in Strasbourg in July 2017 to form a European Network. This project came true during a meeting on 24 May 2018 in Zagreb. Today the European Network for Theory and Analysis of Music – T&AM – connects more than ten professional societies. We are proud to be counted among its founders.