MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

688 views

What should I include in a music essay?

A strong A-Level music essay should mainly contain the identification and analysis of some of the key musical features within the given piece, and should also provide some information about the musical period in which it was written and how the period links to those features.

A helpful way to begin finding points for a music essay is to remember the mnemonic "MRS HITT". This stands for all the important musical features that you will want to address within your essay; M- melody, R - rhythm, S - structure, H- harmony, I- instrumentation, T- texture, T- tonality. Identify features of the given piece of music using these headings to guide you; for example, in Debussy's Sarabande, this might include commenting on the fact that the texture of the piece is largely homophonic, or the harmony is non-functional. To make this a coherent and flowing piece of work, you will want to expand on these basic points and give some examples of them in the work using bar numbers.

After outlining each point, providing a comment linking to the historical and musical context will help to strengthen your answer. This will require learning about the different musical periods and being able to identify the features of each. To use Debussy's Sarabande as an example, you might choose to comment on the fact that the harmony is non-functional, and then go on to say that this is characteristic of the 20th Century/Impressionist style in which Debussy was writing, as they aimed to use chords for colour and expression, rather than having a specific harmonic function, as in the Classical period.

Lila B. GCSE Music tutor, A Level Music tutor, GCSE English Literatur...

1 year ago

Answered by Lila, an A Level Music tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

5 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Erik A.

Degree: Music (Bachelors) - Oxford, The Queen's College University

Subjects offered: Music, History+ 2 more

Music
History
French
English

“About Me I am a music student at Oxford University. I have always had a real passion for arts and humanities, and I hope my tutorials will encourage you to love them too!  I am very patient and friendly. I have been teaching singing,...”

£20 /hr

Maisie H.

Degree: BA Music (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

Subjects offered: Music

Music

“I'm Maisie and I'm a second year undergraduate studying Music at Cambridge. I did both GCSE and A Level musc with OCR, but could probably pick up any other syllabus with a bit of warning - my degree means I get a range of training in ...”

MyTutor guarantee

£20 /hr

David P.

Degree: Music (Bachelors) - Oxford, Worcester College University

Subjects offered: Music, Extended Project Qualification+ 2 more

Music
Extended Project Qualification
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“About Me I have just started my first year reading music at Worcester College, Oxford. Some highlights of my first couple of weeks at Oxford have included the receipt of two scholarships – the Ensemble ISIS (the university's new music...”

About the author

£22 /hr

Lila B.

Degree: Music (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered: Music, -Personal Statements-

Music
-Personal Statements-

“I know how to break down concepts into easily understandable chunks, and I know that I can always remain calm and patient when teaching! :) ”

You may also like...

Other A Level Music questions

What are the Renaissance period stylistic features present in Weelke's, 'Sing We at Pleasure'?

Q. What is a tritone?

What are some effective techniques that can be used to change key in a composition?

What does the classical sonata exposition form consist of?

View A Level Music tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok