2017-18 Study Guide Themes
Featured composer: Beethoven
Featured genre: Concerto
Featured ethnomusic: Russian
Study Guide Information
The 100-page spiral-bound Study Guide is designed to provide historical and stylistic insights into the compositions the students will hear on the MLC Playlist. It includes general information about the composers and analyses of the compositions themselves along with illustrations and photographs. Timelines and references provide historical contexts for each composition. Material is divided into Medieval Period, Renaissance Period, Baroque Period, Classical Period, Romantic Period, and Last Century, as well as sections on the featured composer, featured genre, and featured ethnomusic. The Fundamentals of Western Music section explains concepts like pitch, rhythm and meter, harmony, tonality, texture and timbre, genre, and eras. A glossary at the end lists terms that are printed in bold in the Study Guide.
2017-2018 Dates and Deadlines
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Registration begins
Friday, October 20, 2017 - Registration deadline
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Regional Contests *
Friday, January 26, 2018 – Snow Date
Friday, February 2, 2018 – Championship Contest
*The regional contests are held at 10 different sites. Registered teams are assigned regions based on geographic locations (with consideration for a balance of school representation at each site). Each regional contest begins at 1 p.m. and is usually completed between 3:30 and 4 p.m. The top two regional teams from different schools advance to the Championship Competition. Teams scoring in the top 10 percent contest-wide from a school or organization not advancing to the Championship Contest may be invited to compete on Feb. 2. (Teams will be notified within three days after the regional contest.)
We're very excited to announce that music educator and conductor Christopher Jannings has written another Study Guide for the Music Listening Contest this year.
Christopher is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education from the University of Minnesota. Prior to his doctoral studies, he spent 12 years as the director of Orchestras and Guitar Studies at Roseville Area High School in Roseville, MN. He has served as a summer faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and as the assistant conductor of the Roseville String Ensemble from 2009-2015. In addition to 13 years as a Music Listening Contest coach, he has been a member of the MLC Board of Directors since 2009, serving as president in 2012-2013. He wrote the MLC Study Guide for 2016-17.
As a freelance musician, Christopher has performed in a number of styles and venues on string bass and electric bass. He also performs as a guitarist and vocalist in an acoustic duo. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude in Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas. Outside of music, his hobbies include curling and disc golf. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife, son, and two cats.
Worksheet to assist with note taking on each composition: