Music 701: Course Outline:

Course Outline: Analysis: A survey of selected analytical approaches and theories and their application to works fo various periods. Set theory, Schenkerian and Retian analysis are some of the analytical methods examined. The primary object of the course is to develop awareness of the role of music theory and analysis in historical and contemporary musicology.

Textbook: There is no required textbook for the course.

A novel approach to classroom interaction will be the use of the WWW. All students will have access to HTML editors, scanners, and WWW viewers, and will be expected to provide reports on their work through this medium. An initial class and ongoing assistance will be available for students who require it. (For students who require the appropriate equipment, there is a nominal charge for unlimited use of the graduate-student computer facility on the second floor of Togo Salmon Hall.

Seminars will discuss principal themes and issues in music theory and analysis. Students will participate in the general discussion and assigned readings on a continuing basis. Individual and corporate work will be presented in an ongoing basis, both in class and on the WWW.

Each student will select a particular analytical methodology or theoretical issue in which he or she will develop knowledge and skill. Students will be expected to contribute to the general discussion from their area of concentration as appropriate. In the case where students wish to concentrate on a specific analytical technique or genre, expectation will also be that the student in their term project and class discussion, can locate the techniques in the general discourse. Students for whom theorectical models, philosophies, and comparative studies are of primary importance, will be expected to apply their ideas to concrete musical objects, both within their class discussion and in their term paper.

Term papers:

  • a) Application and critical evaluation of a given analytical technique to one or more compositions. In this case the focus is an analyical technique.
  • b) Application and critical comparison of two techniques to a single composition. In this case the focus is comparative.
  • c) Application and evaluation of a wide range of techniques to a single composition. In this case the focus is the composition.

    Grading and Marking: The following list gives a breakdown of the grading scheme for the course.

  • Continuous evaluation: 20% Students will have opportunities to interact with each other in discussing the issues that arise.
  • Continuous reports and Web-site development: 30% Each student will be given specific assignements in reading, analysis and criticism. These reports will be made available to the class through the Web, and will be linked as appropriate to the main threads of discussion. They will be evaluated on an ongoing basis by the instructor.
  • Final Web-site evaluation: 20% The instructor will make a final evaluation of each student's web-site, considering principally the cogency and appropriateness of the discussion in its relation to the general themes discussed in the class.
  • Final Project: 30% The work of this class culminates in the preparation of a final essay which will be shared with the class through presentation in WWW format.
  • Total: 100%


  • Punctuality, accuracy, and neatness will be judged in the grading of all assignments. Assignments requiring greater effort may be weighted more heavily than easier assignments.
  • Late assignments will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor and if accepted will be penalized at the instructor's discretion.
  • Always keep your marked assignments as a record of your work.

    All students should review the Senate Policy Statements, p. 22 of the Calendar, in particular the Statement of Academic Ethics. Academic Dishonesty is clearly defined by the University. Breaches of Ethics are strictly penalized.