MUS 715 Personal Project Audrey MillerWilliam Wieland
  • Journal — If you are worried about your grade, creating a journal is perhaps the best personal project choice. Collect and organize definitions (in your own words) and examples all semester, essentially creating your own textbook (or even a website!) while learning the material. An A will be awarded to students who expand upon class notes with real music examples and information from reputable books and websites outside of class.
  • Paper — Analyze a piece. See Music Analysis Writing Guide.
  • Video Analysis — Analyze a composition and create a video that displays your insight cued to the music, e.g. Schubert Erlkönig Analysis.
  • Research — Investigate a form or analytical technique not examined in depth during class, e.g. blues, variations, concerto, ritornello, passacaglia/chaconne, sonata-rondo, overtures (French & Italian), etc.
  • Lesson Plans — Create lesson plans for a unit about form or analysis.
  • Other — You may propose a different project.
Proposal — Due Week 11 (November 9)
  • Journal — Sketch a table of contents listing forms and analytical techniques you will include in your journal.
  • Paper — Discuss compositions to analyze with Dr. Miller or Dr. Wieland. S/he must approve one.
  • Video Analysis — Same requirements as the Paper plus a discussion of the technology you will use.
  • Research — Identify the form or analytical technique you will study and list compositions which serve as models.
  • Lesson Plans — Determine what you will teach (form, rhythm, harmony, melody, etc.?) and to whom (early elementary, late elementary, junior high or high school students?).
  • Other — Write a 2 or 3 paragraph description of your proposed project. Please include requirements, goals, and outcomes.
Rough Draft — Due Week 13 (November 23)
  • All rough drafts must
    1. be mostly complete,
    2. follow APA style,
    3. use complete sentences, and
    4. include a bibliography.
  • Journal — Using your table of contents as a guide, submit well-written notes or an essay of the forms and analytical techniques you chose.
  • Paper — Submit 3 to 5 pages of analysis plus diagrams.
    • Include musical examples, figures, and/or diagrams in your paper to show us what you are discussing. These should include measure numbers.
    • Include an arch map of the form.
    • Interpret what you have described. Tell how or why this piece of music works and, by extension, how it might be performed, heard, or taught.
  • Video Analysis — Include music and audio notes in your video as well as an arch map.
  • Research — Turn in a paper, a journal, or an annotated bibliography.
  • Lesson Plans — Complete a unit on your approved topic following your personal or school format.
  • Other — Meet your approved requirements, goals, and outcomes.
Final Draft — Due Finals Week (December 14)
  • Please act upon our recommendations for the rough draft. Though content is most important, we expect succinct writing, proper grammar, and correct spelling. We expect graduate level work.
  • Before making final edits, read your project aloud. Awkward passages are more apparent when spoken. (This advice is from a graduate school professor.)
  • Submit your completed project in Assessments — Dropbox — Personal Project Final Draft.
  • Place this document in your MME Capstone Portfolio as well.
Automatic 10 point Deductions:
  • The proposal was late.
  • The rough draft was late.
  • The final draft was late.