The Instrumental Music Education and Research Laboratory (IMER) at European University Cyprus, in collaboration with Tekhnee (Helsinki), is inviting applications to a two-session introductory workshop on Schenkerian Analysis, to take place in December 2020.
This free informal event is addressed to musicians with limited or no experience in the subject. Instructors of musical instruments or aural skills are especially encouraged to apply.
- 1–2 years of training in harmony or thoroughbass;
- limited or no knowledge of Schenkerian analysis;
- interest in new ways of verbalizing performance intuitions and intentions.
Close-reading short classical scores of moderate complexity, the participants will have the opportunity to apply principles of Schenkerian Analysis which help address persistent challenges of studio-based instrumental pedagogy, such as:
- reinforcing long-range hearing across bar lines and phrase boundaries;
- explaining common problems of tonal tension in performance (e.g. "dead spots");
- elucidating concealed features of the score, whose awareness helps assure a convincing performance.
The workshop will also discuss ways in which Schenkerian techniques may enrich the familiar "gesture-and-grunt system" of instrumental pedagogy, critiqued by the American musicologist Joseph Kerman almost 30 years ago.
Two synchronous 90-minute meetings in early December
(exact dates to be determined by vote in the form below).
Either of the following would be helpful (but neither is required for participating):
- your musical instrument within arm's reach;
- a digital pen tablet.
Applicants will be notified by mid-November. We regret being unable to accommodate more than a few participants in the project. Please note that selection is not competitive; we are seeking participants with intermediate experience, motivation, and no scheduling conflicts.
Thank you for your interest in participating.