Music Analysis

Subject MUSI40055 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours, comprising one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


740-288 Music Language 2: Chromaticism and Beyond or equivalent, or permission of the coordinator



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr Elliott Gyger


Subject Overview:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to analyse short pieces using various methods of analysis, including linear analysis, and will have formed a critical perspective of the variety of analytical techniques available.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • apply advanced analytic methods to the analysis of tonal and atonal music

  • evaluate a number of approaches to the analysis of western tonal classical music

  • articulate ways of understanding the cultural context of, and ramifications for, the development of western music analysis

  • Regular analysis exercises (70%)
  • End-of-semester project of 1600 words or equivalent (30%) due during the examination period
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Musicology/Ethnomusicology Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Performance Specialisation (BH-MUS)
Tailored Program (BH-MUS)

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