My own research has focused on Schenkerian analysis. This approach digs beyond the surface of a musical line to uncover how it connects to other notes in the piece. The idea is that music is understood as larger patterns and groups rather than notes that move from one to the next. Teaching students the big picture helps them to understand why they’re playing in a particular way and how it helps the overall piece.
In addition to teaching classes in music theory, I also supervise aural skills at the University of Georgia. That may sound like a challenge for online students, but one I’m committed to helping us overcome. Learning online doesn’t mean giving up the essential listening skills for a music student.