What is contained in a music analysis?

Level I Analysis

  • Title explained.
  • Time signature explained.
  • All notes and rests identified (crotchet, quaver etc.).
  • All signs and terms (including basic signs and terms) explained.
  • Key identified.
  • Background information on the composer.

Suitable for:

  • Age: 8 and above (younger students with guidance from a parent or teacher).
  • School: primary/elementary.
  • Australian/British music examination level: elementary, initial, preliminary, grade 1.

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Level II Analysis

  • Title explained.
  • Time signature explained.
  • Signs and terms explained.
  • Form, key and main modulations identified.
  • Background information on the composer.

Suitable for:

  • Age: 9 and above (younger students with guidance from a parent or teacher).
  • School: primary/elementary.
  • Australian/British music examination level: grade 2.

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Level III Analysis

As for Level II, with more detail on form and modulations. All significant key changes are identified, but a full chordal analysis is not included.

Suitable for:

  • Age: 10 and above (younger students with guidance from a parent or teacher).
  • School: primary/elementary.
  • Australian/British music examination level: grade 3-4.

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Level IV Analysis

  • Title explained.
  • Signs and terms explained.
  • Form, key and modulations discussed. Important harmonic features are identified, though a full chordal analysis is not included.
  • Composer’s life briefly discussed.
  • Period/style and stylistic characteristics identified.
  • Contemporary composers identified.

Suitable for:

  • Age: 12 and above (younger students with guidance from a parent or teacher).
  • School: middle/early secondary.
  • Australian/British music examination level: grade 5-6.

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Level V Analysis

As for Level IV, with more detail about the composer and style, and a more detailed structural analysis. Important harmonic features (cadences, pedal points, special chords) are identified, though a full chordal analysis is not included.

Suitable for:

  • Age: 13 and above (younger students with guidance from a parent or teacher).
  • School: secondary.
  • Australian/British music examination level: grade 7-8, certificate.

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Level VI Analysis

As for Level V, but in more detail. Advanced repertoire. A detailed examination of the structure is given, though a full chordal analysis is not included.

Suitable for:

  • Age: 15 and above (younger students with guidance from a parent or teacher).
  • School: late secondary, early tertiary.
  • Australian/British music examination level: Associate/Licentiate diploma.

View a sample of a Level VI analysis.