Rhythmic differences in musical styles

*This post is predominantly me thinking thru things I want to teach this weekend. Most examples will be from rep we are singing this quarter.* One of the tricks for getting good at Aural Skills/Ear Training is to know what the expectation for a given idiom is. This is because your ear can often hear…

Extended Harmonies

Having completed the exposition of most concepts common to common-practice tonality, we move on to chords that don’t quite fit Functional Analysis as I originally conceived it. None of the following chords can really be said to be complicated, uncommon, or exotic. However, in the context of Functional Analysis’s common-practice tonality basic metric, they are…

Bach Chaconne analysis

*An excerpt from the dissertation History, Implementation, and Pedagogical Implications of an Updated System of Functional Analysis* The following examples from the class during winter 2014, Examples 4.1 and 4.2, show how Functional Analysis helps lead to better phrase and motivic understanding. These two versions of a harmonic analysis of the Bach Chaconne from the…

Pedagogical views

Sorry again for not writing. comps, blahblahblah, studying, etc. I think I have a better plan for the next round, so hopefully I’ll get back in a rhythm of updates soon. Because my first set of exams was on Theory Pedagogy, I’ve been thinking a ton about that. This means reading articles and constantly running…

studying and appologies

I really do intend to update as regularly as possible this summer, but studying for comps has challenged my time-management skills and I haven’t gotten to do as much as I’ve wanted. I may also publish things that seem repetitive as I work thru issues and find new sources that subtly change things I’ve already…

Dissertation significance

Awhile back I wrote this: https://functionalanalysis.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/dissertation-goals/ which details the overall scope of what I’d like to do with my dissertation. The next bullet on my dissertation proposal outline is “Project Significance,” so I’m going to write a bit about that today. —- This system has significant pedagogical implications and motivations. In my experience as a teacher, I…

More Article writing

Here’s the intro to the article I started today. It has a lot further to go than the one I posted yesterday. Schenkerian Analysis is a highly popular and incredibly powerful analytical tool once understood. However, learning Schenkerian Analysis is complex and challenging. The difficulty of getting past the learning stage may inhibit musicians and…

Intro to an Article

I’m writing/editing a draft of an article tomorrow on my favorite topic: Functional Analysis! Here’s the intro: Tonal analysis is the basic building block for multiple, more advanced theories and types of analysis. However, students often struggle with Roman numerals, become frustrated with Music Theory in general, and never meet the excitement of deep analysis.…

Writing with a schedule

So I told myself that I’d post every week. This week and the next 2 weeks I’m try to stick to a very strict schedule in order to get projects done in time for finals.* This means that I have to do work other than specifically my dissertation things, so post here may be short…

Voice Leading II and other thoughts

Here are some insights on Voice Leading and Functional Analysis from Saturday: – There are two important tendency tones – anything that is a 7 in a sub/superscript, and the leading tone, which is always 3 of D. (Other added tones such as 6 and 9 will have their own desires as well.) – 7…