Methodology of music analysis: Tonal music

Course Information
TitleΜεθοδολογία της μουσικής ανάλυσης Ι: Τονική μουσική / Methodology of music analysis: Tonal music
FacultyFine Arts
SchoolMusic Studies
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600015143

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Mousikṓn Spoudṓn (2017-sīmera)

Registered students: 24
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Musicology / Music EducationElective Courses535
Music CompositionElective Courses535

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΘΑ1001 Harmony I
  • ΘΑ1002 Harmony II
  • ΘΑ1004 Music analysis I
General Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of tonal harmony and analysis of harmony and form
Learning Outcomes
The students will be able to approach tonal music works through a wide range of analytical methodologies to achieve a deeper understanding and a higher level interpretation.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Study of current methodological approaches to the analysis of tonal music. Focus on Schenker's reductional theory and its application to the analysis of tonal music. Study of the expansion of the theory (Schachter, Salzer, Lerdahl, etc), as well as of other analytical methods (Riemann, Meyer, Reti, Nattiez, Schoenberg, etc). Exercises on the analysis of tonal works.
analysis, tonal music, schenkerian analysis, motivic analysis
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Internet and powerpoint. Equally important is the use of the piano for the live performance of musical examples and works under examination. Email for the communication with the students.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work391.3
Reading Assigment361.2
Written assigments331.1
Student Assessment
Analysis of works other than those studied during the semester, with the use of the presented methodologies. This process is announced in the first lesson of the semester. If clarification needed, this is given during the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
  • Written examination (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Γενική βιβλιογραφία Bent, Ian (1980). "Analysis". Λήμμα στο New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Sadie, St. (ed.) (τόμος 1, σελ. 340-388). Macmillan, London. Bent, Ian & Pople, Anthony. "Analysis". Λήμμα στο Grove Music Online. Bent, Ian & Drabkin, William (1987). Analysis. Macmillan, London. Cook, Nicholas (1987). A Guide to Musical Analysis. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Dunsby, Jonathan & Whittall, Arnold (1988). Music Analysis in Theory and Practice. Faber Music, London. Ειδική βιβλιογραφία Φιτσιώρης, Γιώργος (2010). Εισαγωγή στη Θεωρία και Ανάλυση της Τονικής Μουσικής. Εκδόσεις Νεφέλη, Αθήνα. Βούβαρης, Πέτρος (2015). Εισαγωγή στην μορφολογική ανάλυση της τονικής μουσικής. Αθήνα, Κάλλιπος (ψηφιακή έκδοση: Cadwallader, Allen & Gagnè, David (1998). Analysis of Tonal Music: A Schenkerian Approach. Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York. Forte, Allen & Gilbert, Steven (1982). Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis. Norton, New York. Lerdahl, Fred & Jackendoff, Ray (1983). A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Schenker, Heinrich (1969). Five graphic music analyses. Dover, New York. Schenker, Heinrich (1979). Free Composition. Longman, New York.
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