Teaching Music Analysis with Computer Technology: Music 701 at McMaster
December 1, 1999
William Renwick and the Graduate Students in Music
"While the computer skills were frustrating at
times, there are invaluable to all development of professional skills in
"Great value in the future."
"The journal was a great incentibe and a useful
"30-minute presentations that outlined issues
in each case would perhaps have been useful."
"Often the amount of time spent getting LearnLink
to work impeded my own work."
"The journal is great preparation for future careers."
"The journal was one of the most exciting aspects
of the course."
"The journal works to facilitate quality writing
Course Concept: limited scope, emphasis on analytic
Technology: a "real" experience in computers
Peripheral participation: modelling the publication
of a journal. Students as contributors and editorial committee.
Outline: initially, readings in analysis, instructor
presentations of analytical techniques, weekly analysis assignments of
short excerpts of music. Subsequently, independent analytical projects.
701 website: quick tour
conferencing ability, topical storage and retrieval of notes, graphic
Issues in learning technology: balancing computer
skills with course content
Student Web pages: skills for teaching and research
On-line Journal: McMaster
Music Analysis Colloquium:
Grading Process: weighted towards product
Cooperation in learning:
Conclusion: comments from