Event Description



MSS Music Analysis Winter School

1/07/2024 - 5/07/2024 9:15am - 4:45pm

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre (Building 880) Room 810, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Southbank Campus, University of Melbourne

Music Students Society


 

Dear music enthusiasts,

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the music that you enjoy listening to? Do you want to make more analytically informed decisions in your performance? Do you want to enrich your compositional techniques? If you said yes to any of these questions, then we have great news for you!!!

The Melbourne University Music Students’ Society (MSS) is organising a Music Analysis Winter School on 1st-5th/July/2024 at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

With the in-kind support from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) and Queen’s College, with the grant from SSAF, and with support from numerous staff at the University of Melbourne as well as external renowned experts both domestically and internationally, and with promotional support from the Australian Music Students’ Association (AMSA), the MSS ensures you that this will be a phenomenal event.

The format of the School will be similar to that of the old MMASS (Melbourne Music Analysis Winter School) which used to run between 2015 and 2017.

The Winter School will run for five days (Mon-Fri) during the first week of July, with each day packed with back-to-back music analysis lectures presented by internationally renowned experts in music analysis, music theory, musicology, composition, performance and more.

The School will cover a wide range of analytical techniques, ranging from

We will teach you how these theories work and show you how and when to use them in analysing music.

Lecturers will include:  

  • Professor Rick Cohn (Yale University),
  • Professor Melanie Plesch (University of Melbourne),
  • Professor Sally Macarthur (University of Adelaide),
  • Professor Elliott Gyger (University of Melbourne),
  • Professor Richard Kurth (University of Melbourne),
  • Associate Professor Michael Hooper (University of NSW),
  • Dr David Larkin (University of Sydney),
  • Dr Tim Daly (University of New England (AU)),
  • Justeen Wheatley (PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne),
  • Boyi Sun (University of Melbourne),
  • ...

CALL FOR PAPERS: We will also have a small number of conference-style short research papers (mainly presented by students). (Please contact us if you are interested in presenting anything analysis or theory related!) (PRESENTATION APPLICATION CLOSED ON 1/JUNE).

The severe insufficiency of higher-level music analysis teaching all around Australia has been an issue for years. The last similar program was the MMASS nearly 7 years ago. We understand the need for a platform where students can learn higher-level music analysis methods. The Winter School welcomes both Melbourne-based students as well as interstate and overseas students attending the programme. 

With the grant from SSAF, we are able to reserve 10 rooms at Queen’s College for non-Melbourne-based students free of charge.

Thanks to the financial support from the SSAF grant as well as the in-kind support from both the MCM and Queen’s College, we are able to make the student registration fee very affordable. 

Prerequisites: The School is designed to teach you different analytical methods without assuming you have any knowledge of these analytical methods beforehand. So the only prerequisite is a desire to sit through a week of music analysis, but some basic music theory will help you get the most out of the week, so being able to read musical notation is essential.

Participants may include, but are not limited to: undergraduate and high school students who want a taste of high-level music analysis or want fresh insights into the music they perform or listen to, postgraduate students working in the field, as well as staff, music teachers and members of the public who want to hear and study music in new and surprising ways.

If you are interested in the programme, please follow the MSS on Facebook and Instagram

REGISTRATION:

Best,

Boyi Sun

 

Education Officer

Music Students’ Society (MSS)

University of Melbourne

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Schedule and Program (subject to change):

  Monday
1st/July
Tuesday
2nd/July
Wednesday
3rd/July
Thursday
4th/July
Friday
5th/July
9.15-10.45am

9:00-9:15 Welcome to the event.

Professor Elliott Gyger
Analysing the Tristan Prelude:  labels, liabilities and lability

Professor Rick Cohn 
Meter Analysis on Beethoven's music ②
Dr David Larkin 
Form and Deformation in the Nineteenth Century ①
Associate Professor Michael Hooper
Analyse créatrice’: composition as analysis
Professor Rick Cohn
Meter Analysis on Beethoven's music ③
11am-12.30pm Professor Rick Cohn
Meter Analysis on Beethoven's music ①
Professor Melanie Plesch
Topic theory ②
Justeen Wheatley
Odd-Factored Time Signature ③
Dr David Larkin 
Form and Deformation in the Nineteenth Century ②
Boyi Sun
Riemannian theory & harmonic function analysis
12.30-1.30pm ~~~~ 🍔 ~~~ 🍚 ~~~ MIDDAY LUNCH TIME BREAK ~~~ 🍚 ~~~ 🍔 ~~~~
1.30-3pm Professor Melanie Plesch
Topic theory ①
Professor Sally Macarthur
Feminist aesthetics in music
Professor Sally Macarthur
Neo-materialist approach 
Professor Melanie Plesch
Topic theory ③
Professor Richard Kurth
Beginning opera with George Benjamin:  selected analytical observations and explorations
3.15-4.45pm Justeen Wheatley
Odd-Factored Time Signature ①
Justeen Wheatley
Odd-Factored Time Signature ②
Dr Tim Daly
15th Century Counterpoint
students papers panel
  • Professor Elliott Gyger (University of Melbourne),
    • Analytical method comparison
  • Professor Rick Cohn (Yale University),
    • Meter Analysis on Beethoven's music
  • Professor Melanie Plesch (University of Melbourne),
    • Topic theory
  • Justeen Wheatley (PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne),
    • Odd-Factored Time Signature
  • Dr Tim Daly (University of New England (AU)),
    • 15th Century Counterpoint
  • Professor Sally Macarthur (University of Adelaide),
    • Feminist aesthetics in music; & Neo-materialist approach 
  • Dr David Larkin (University of Sydney),
    • Form and Deformation in the Nineteenth Century
  • Associate Professor Michael Hooper (University of NSW),
  • Professor Richard Kurth (University of Melbourne),
  • Boyi Sun (University of Melbourne),
    • Riemannian Theory of Harmonic Function

 

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