An Overview of the Teaching Development of Music Analysis of the Central Conservatory of Music
In recent decades, music analysis has evolved into a relatively independent discipline due to the outstanding achievements of many theorists, such as Schenck, Alan Ford and so on. And the development of the discipline has led to the emergence of more theories and theorists, thus posing a challenge for theory teaching at the music college. What kind of theory is valuable? What is the ultimate purpose of theoretical research? What is the relationship between music analysis and music creation and music performance? Those are the several issues that we should deal with.
The teaching of theory and music analysis of the Central Conservatory of Music has its own traditions and characteristics. The core ideas told by the history are twofold. On the one hand, both theoretical research and teaching should be done in close connection with the music practice. The process of music analysis is the reverse process of music creation. On the other hand, the teaching essence of music theory is finally reflected in the improvement of students' aesthetic ability. This could lay a solid foundation for their creative ability in the field of research and creation in the future.
The speech will outline the main courses of the music analysis and the supplementary courses currently offered by the Department of Composition of the Central Conservatory of Music. The highlight will be on style imitation exercises of those students in the Department, including the imitations of styles that range from the period of Classicism to the twentieth century.