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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module MUSI52130: The Theory and Practice of Analysis

Department: Music

MUSI52130: The Theory and Practice of Analysis

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • A survey of influential critical and analytical schools of thought from the point of view of the theorist, matched by training in the specific application of specific analytical techniques. Students will explore Schenkerian harmonic reduction and Fortean Set Theory in the context of the tonal and early atonal musical repertoire.


  • The origins of harmonic and motivic analysis; Schenkerism and post-Schenkerism; implication/realisation models; music psychology and cognition; ideology and organicism; semiotics of music; analysis and compositional process. The study of diminutions, unfoldings, linear progressions and the interaction of counterpoint and musical form. Forte: familiarity with integer notation, pitch and interval class manipulations, similarity relationships, Z- and Kh- relationships.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Seminars 19 Weekly 2 hours 38
        Preparation and Reading 262
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Analysis project Component Weighting: 50%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Analysis project 2500 words 100%
        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 50%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 2500 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Regular assignments of reading and study arising from classes.

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University