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MUSIC 4H03 Adv Studies In Analysis

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. William Renwick


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 409

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23671


Office Hours: Mondays, 11:30-12:30

Course Objectives:

Students that successfully complete this course will have a deep understanding of the many ways in which composers generate unique yet coherent musical forms. Students will have an enhanced appreciation for the dynamic forces that contribute to meaning in music.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

All required materials are available on Avenue to Learn

Method of Assessment:

Weekly analysis assignments: 50%. Students will turn in reports on pieces each week. They will be assessed in terms of accuracy and insight in content, as well as clarity and effectiveness of expression. Class discussion: 20% Students will be expected to be prepared to contribute to the class discussion concerning the pieces being considered. Class Presentation: 10%: A 20-minute presentation detailing the independent analytical work undertaken by the student. Final Analysis Paper 20%; Due on the last day of class. Students will select a piece of music that displays unique formal characteristics that are the subject of this course, and provide an in-depth written analysis in essay form with accompanying analytical diagrams as appropriate.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Assignments will be accepted at the discretion of the instructor. There will be a 10% deduction per week late.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Structural Analysis Motivic development Rhetoric in Music Musical Process Beginning-Middle-End Episode Harmonic Function Contrast and Development Readings will be taken from (but not limite to) the following Schenker, Heinrich. Free Composition. Hillsdale: Pendragon, 1979. Forte and Gilbert, Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis, Norton, 1982. Renwick, William. Analyzing Fugue. Pendragon, 1995. Meyer, Leonard, Explaining Music. University of Chicago Press, 1973. Green, Douglass, Form in Tonal Music (any edition). Levarie, Siegmund, and Ernst Levy, Musical Morphology (Kent, OH: Kent State Press, 1983).