Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School

MMASS hiatus 2018


We're taking a break

After three years of incredible summer schools, we are going on hiatus for 2018. Thanks to everyone who has made these events such a rich experience for all involved. Sign up to our emails and Facebook for updates on 2019!


Past Events

Find out about previous MMASS events including program details.


MMASS 2017

20–24 November, 2017
Medley Hall, Carlton

The third Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School focussed on pitch and timbre, featuring Robert Hasegawa from McGill University lecturing on spectralism. Michael Norris from Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music provided a more technical background to the subject while highlighting remnants of spectral music in the music of New Zealand composers. David R.M. Irving (Melbourne University) approached the topic from an early music perspective with his course on tuning and temperament. Other courses included popular music (Jadey O'Regan, Sydney Conservatorium), the music of Elliott Carter (Marguerite Boland, ANU), pitch and tuning in the music of Harry Partch (Warren Burt, Box Hill TAFE), Sofia Gubaidulina (Natalie Williams, ANU), and Brian Ferneyhough (Pedro Alvarez, ECU).


Live Analysis: Samuel Smith's Dead Oceans

As part of our mission to spread the joy of music analysis, MMASS director Matthew Lorenzon gave a lecture on Samuel Smith's new string quartet Dead Oceans at the 2017 Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music. The pre-concert lecture featured live excerpts played by the Argonaut String Quartet.


MMASS 2016

21–25 November, 2016
Medley Hall, Carlton

The second Melbourne Music Analysis Summer School included courses in chromatic harmony (Richard Cohn), general deformation (David Larkin), Schenkerian analysis (Martin Greet), post-tonal analysis (Natalie Williams and Alistair Noble), as well as keynotes on meter (Cohn), post-tonal counterpoint (Williams), musics of the world (Catherine Falk), and the psychology of music (Richard Parncutt). The annual Analysis and Composition keynote was given by Elliott Gyger and the student micro-symposium returned by popular demand. The course also included a performance of the Keith Humble string trio recently published by Astra Music Publishing.


Winter School: La Mer with Roy Howat

25 June, 2016
Medley Hall, Carlton

A day-long intensive with Dr Roy Howat on Debussy's La Mer. The analysis of proportion in La Mer and other works by Debussy and his contemporaries fed into discussions of critical editing and performance.

This event was made possible thanks to the support of the Robert Salzer Foundation.


MMASS 2015

30 November–4 December, 2015
Medley Hall, Carlton

The first MMASS was supported by a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Musicological Society of Australia, and the inaugural MMASS patron, Dr Michael Hannan. The course covered meter (Richard Cohn), sonata deformation (David Larkin), Schenkerian analysis (Martin Greet), and post-tonal analysis (Alistair Noble). Keynotes included form in Schubert and Liszt (Alan Davison), the music of Keith Humble (Alan Walker), analysis and composition (Elliott Gyger), and performance analysis (Michael Hooper).