[Smt-talk] Subdominant versus Predominant

Nicolas Meeùs nicolas.meeus at paris-sorbonne.fr
Fri May 11 12:26:39 PDT 2012

I translated Schenker's /Der freie Satz/ in French in 1993. I started 
teaching Schenkerian analysis on the basis of his and other's graphs 
around 2000. I began introducing a few graphs of my own in my teaching 
one or two years ago. I very much confirm the "10,000-Hour Rule".

Nicolas Meeùs
Université Paris-Sorbonne

Le 11/05/2012 20:33, David Carson Berry a écrit :
> On 5/11/12 1:19 PM, kos at panix.com wrote:
>> I tell my students that studying Schenkerian Analysis is like studying a
>> musical instrument: You can't hope to be competent in it without many, many
>> hours [really:  years] of instruction and study.
> In Malcolm Gladwell's book, /Outliers/ (2008), he refers to the 
> "10,000-Hour Rule" (based on the work of K. Anders Ericsson), which 
> basically states that you need about 10,000 hours of 
> practice/experience to master a task and achieve success. To recast 
> the Rule in topical terms: if you're really into studying Schenkerian 
> theory and analysis, then at 20 hours per week it will take you about 
> ten years to "master" the topic. (And even more, if you want to remove 
> the quotation marks from "master"!)
> When I first read Gladwell's book, this Rule reminded me of a remark 
> that I encountered once, which I believe was attributed to the 
> Princeton-based music theorist Godfrey Winham (1934-75). He said that 
> he wouldn't discuss a Schenkerian analysis with someone if they hadn't 
> produced at least 100 graphs of their own (or whatever the actual 
> number was). In other words, if someone didn't have a great deal of 
> experience (100 graphs -- 10,000 hours -- or somewhere in between), he 
> knew they would not be able to discuss the matter with understanding 
> and intelligence.
> Or, as was remarked earlier:
> On 5/11/12 1:19 PM, kos at panix.com wrote:
>> Personally speaking, I would certainly not dare to criticize a methodology if I
>> had only a rudimentary understanding of its principles.
> --David
> David Carson Berry
> Associate Professor of Music Theory
> University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
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