Northern Arizona University
School of Music
Mus 603: Analytical Techniques
Summer Session II, 2004
Meets daily at 0730 for 3 credit hours
PROFESSOR: Kenneth R. Rumery
course site: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~krr2 (links to composers tools and this course)
COURSE PREREQUISITES: Graduate standing in music.
TEXTBOOK (Required): Charles Burkhart, Anthology for Musical Analysis, 5th ed. Other resources distributed in class or available on WWW. Sound recordings are available at Klein Library.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Analysis is not a concise methodology but rather a collection of analytical techniques selected on a case by case basis to develop understandings about a particular work or body of works. Some techniques presented in this class focus on isolated aspects of a work while others strive for a perception of the whole. This course will present a variety of analytical techniques, discuss the formation of analytical goals and make suitable applications in a broad range of history period styles and genres.
COURSE STRUCTURE: The course integrates instructor lectures, class and group discussions and activities, text assignments, public presentations, written quizzes and a term project.
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this course are to identify significant components in compositions and observe how these interact in time to produce musical structure and effect. Works will be approached on an ad hoc basic using appropriate concepts and tools. To accomplish this end, the class will
1. review traditional formal genres and processes
2. discuss parameters of music structure
3. present reductive techniques including those introduced by Schenker
4. present twelve-tone terminology and techniques
5. apply analytical techniques to a broad historical spectrum of literature
6. through analysis understand a composers thinking and intentions
7. use analysis as a tool in repertoire studies, interpretation of music, rehearsal planning, scholarship and research.
APPROACH: Course objectives will be met through analysis of examples and scores, criticism and listening to selected recordings, exams and semester projects. Each student will develop a semester project based on the analysis of a composition of his/her choice. The project is an application of analytical techniques in repertoire study, investigation of composition technique, analysis of a students own composition to demonstrate processes and effects, or the comparative/descriptive study of two or more compositions. Performance related analysis demonstrations are always appropriate. Semester projects will include a research paper and a 20 minute class presentation.
All students are expected to access web-based resources either in a computer lab or on personal equipment. This course is supported by a web site with links to resources used in this course. Some of these resources are available at http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~krr2. Others can be found using search engines such as Google.
All students are expected to listen to recordings of scores under study and to use recordings in their presentations. Project teams will be used for mutual assistance,
shared work load and certain projects (to be announced). Roles of team members will be clarified as the term unfolds.
SPECIFICATIONS FOR SEMESTER PROJECT
General: The semester project has two integrated components, a research paper and a presentation. Work will be based on an audio CD and a score chosen in consultation with the instructor. Duplication of compositions will be avoided.
Purpose: To show student's ability to analyze a composition and communicate his/her findings in a formal document and public presentation. You will be graded on your ability to organize, express and illustrate your thoughts. Start with a well conceived thesis statement. The body of your paper should support this thesis. End with a conclusion or summary that is consistent with the thesis and body of the paper.
Submitted Work Format: Submit a well organized machine produced paper (typewriter or computer) with well-integrated supporting material like scores, musical excerpts, diagrams, and charts. MLA style is required. The paper is due in class on the day you give your presentation.
Subject: An analysis must have specific objectives. A description of a work and its interrelated components is a good start. This can be used to develop an interpretation of a composition and to plan rehearsals. An analysis can also be used to closely examine and reveal interesting composing techniques. Ask yourself why you are analyzing a composition then convert your answer to a thesis statement. This could be used as an opportunity for a critical repertoire study of literature in your area of performance (solo, chamber, or large ensemble literature).
Presentation Length: twenty minutes.
Presentation Guidelines: Strive for a coherent and perceptive presentation of a composition. Use handouts or projections.
Rehearse the presentation to ensure that you will handle the equipment and resources efficiently and smoothly during the presentation. Use this rehearsal to pace your presentation so that it stays within limits. Warning: do not prompt responses from your audience until your presentation is complete.
Evaluation Form: about 25% of the semester grade, 100 points distributed as follows:
Presentation (45 pts):
[ ] efficiency, smoothness
[ ] quality of resources
[ ] content
Document (45 pts):
[ ] technical writing quality
[ ] organization [ ] quality of typing, graphics
[ ] Composite effect (10 pts)
[ ] TOTAL
GRADING: The grade is based on tests quizzes , a semester projects and assignments. Letter grades are assigned as follows; A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, C = 70-79%, D = 60 - 69%, F = less than 60%.
ATTENDANCE: Students are expected to attend class. A daily record of attendance will be maintained. Each student is allowed two unexcused absences. These can be used for emergencies. Additional unexcused absences will lower the semester grade. Two tardies are counted as one unexcused absence.
Students will not be allowed to make up tests and assignments missed because of unexcused absence. Work will be completed in advance of officially approved absences. Approved absence must be supported by institutional or other official documentation.
[This schedule subject to change depending on needs and pace of class. Schedule changes will be posted at the link "Assignments, Notes and Updates" on the Analysis TOC page (musan_toc.html).]
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Any study involving observation of or interaction with human subjects that originates at NAU--including a course project, report, or research paper--must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects in research and research-related activities. The IRB meets once each month. Proposals must be submitted for review at least fifteen working days before the monthly meeting. You should consult with your course instructor early in the course to ascertain if your project needs to be reviewed by the IRB and/or to secure information or appropriate forms and procedures for the IRB review. Your instructor and department chair or college dean must sign the application for approval b the IRB.
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