UNDERGRADUATE
MUSI3035 Music Analysis II (capstone experience)
Course Type: disciplinary elective for music majors/minors, free elective for others
Prerequisite: MUSI2070
Instructor: Professor Daniel CHUA
Semester: First Semester 2021/22
Time: 12:30pm – 2:20pm, Wednesday
Venue: CRT-11.01 Seminar Room
This course is an in-depth introduction to Schenkerian analysis. Through a series of assignments, students will learn voice-leading procedures and concepts of tonal coherence, as well as engage in critical and historical reflection on such theories.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • master the linear principles of tonal music and grasp the fundamentals of Schenkerian Analysis;
  • demonstrate the ability to critically engage with music and write effectively about its functions;
  • reflect critically upon music theory and its practice;
  • unite previous theory and analysis skills and ideas acquired in previous courses with complex linear procedures.
The course is assessed entirely by portfolio. Your portfolio will consist of:

    1. Workshop course work 30%
    2. Project I (a Schenkerian analysis of a complete piece with commentary)
    3. Project II (an analysis of a work which raises problematic issues in Schenkerian analysis)

The two projects are worth of 70% of your final grade.
This course is an introduction to Schenkerian analysis. Through a series of assignments, students will learn voice-leading procedures and concepts of tonal coherence, as well as engage in critical and historical reflection on such theories. You will learn how to apply some of Schenker’s analytical concepts such as the fundamental structure, undivided/divided forms, linear progressions, unfoldings and diminutions.
A bibliography will be provided. However, the teaching does not come out of any particular textbook. Therefore you cannot afford to miss any of the lectures.