Music Notation Seminar

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101NS Z 1 1 seminar hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 16 to 21 hours of self-study English, Czech winter and summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the course, the student is oriented in the specifics of 20th and 21st century music notation and is able to apply them to a score. The student is able to propose a solution to a specific notational problem according to generally accepted rules.

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Course contents

Learning objectives:

This course, in the form of a seminar, maps the problems and specifics of music notation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

In the seminar, composition students will submit their own compositions for discussion, in which they solve certain notational dilemmas. The joint debate then leads to a search for the most appropriate notation method. Students are also guided on the specifics of publishing 20th century music, the form of proofreading more challenging scores, and the creation of a notated performance apparatus.

Thematic areas:

Students actively engage in debate and evaluate the chosen form of notation of specific types of music and musical sound effects across Czech and world music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students also become familiar with different notations for identical sound-musical elements and discuss the reasons for and appropriateness of using particular types of notation.

The course can be taken in repeatedly.

Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

READ, Gardner. Music notation : a manual of modern practice. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co, 1979. Print. ISBN 978-0800854539.

Recommended bibliography:

GEROU, Tom; LUSK, Linda. Essential dictionary of music notation : the most practical and concise source for music notation. Los Angeles, CA: Alfred Pub, 1996. ISBN 978-0-88284-730-6.

User Guides of Finale, Sibelius a Dorico softwares.

HEUSSENSTAMM, George: The Norton Manual of Music Notation, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1987. ISBN 978-0393955262.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the final credit examination test, the student will explain a selected example of 20th or 21st century notation and propose a solution to a specific notation problem according to generally accepted rules.

The required attendance is at least 70 %.



Further information

Course may be repeated

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

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Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

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The subject is a part of the following study plans