[Smt-talk] Back to the list and free book an aural analysis

Daniel Roca drocacan at gmail.com
Mon May 14 04:38:27 PDT 2012

Hello to all

I followed smt-talk (with another name, I think) some years ago, but after some email address changes and other circumstances ceased to get the list messages.

Now I have enlisted again. I am an Music Analysis teacher in the Conservatory of the Canaries and am finishing (I hope!) my doctoral dissertation on the situation of analysis teaching in Spain, as Music Analysis was established as an independent subject only in the '90s. The frictions between this curricular reality and the amazing evolution of Music Analysis in many other countries is the kern, so to speak, of my dissertation.

I only tell this to explain that the very subtle and mostly theoretical disquisitions that are usual in this list (al least, in the few weeks I have been lurking) are very interesting and illustrative for me, but I am not compelled (so far, at least) to participate actively. Also, my interests lie not so much in the methodology of analyzing music (or in theoretical questions in the background of it), but in the teaching process of this analysis, a process that has to be shaped in terms of the end user, in my opinion. Thus, I try to figure out how to teach analysis for performers (for example) in a different way of teaching analysis for composers, and which analytical tools and points of view are adequate in each case. (needless to say, this makes me no huge fan of any analytical system in particular, but more likely to combine different tools differently in regard to the subject and object of the analysis).

In this process, I've come to some very simple and straightforward ideas to use in class, primarily in Analysis class, but also usable in any other subject where Analysis is applicable (i. e. in any music class, in my opinion). One of them, specially aimed towards students with no or very little background in music analysis (but also in classes where the students come from very different analytical traditions), is "aural analysis", directed towards the "discovery" of analysis purely by ear, without (initially, al least) using scores of any type.

To shorten things a bit, I wrote this ideas down in a book in the new iTextBooks format of Apple (what was a very easy and satisfying process), designed for the iPad. There are the backgrounds of these ideas, two or three very simple proposals for the class, and the results of a survey I made in a course in an Italian Conservatory (where the students had practically no experience in Music Analysis).

But iTextBooks are by now only available in the US AppleStore, so I published it there (as a free iBook), although I cannot access it myself, since I have no US iTunes account. I wondered if there where any Spanish-speaking musicians who would be interested in this idea and maybe give me some feedback.
The title is "Analizar de oido" ("analyzing by ear")

Is someone is interested but has no USA iTunes account, a PDF of the book can be downloaded from
From this blog, there have been more than 1000 downloads of the book.

I would love anyone interested to download the book in iPad or PDF format, and to give me feedback, as well as:

-information of similar ideas in regard to analyzing with the ear
-other interesting iTextBooks on Music Analyzing or music teaching. I am convinced that this new format and generally tablet-based teaching, gives us new opportunities that I am willing to explore.

Thank you all for your attention


Daniel Roca
Higher Conservatory of the Canary Islands
drocacan at gmail.com

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