2020-21 Study Guide Themes
Featured composer: Brahms
Featured genre: Third Stream
Featured ethnomusic: Music of Scandinavia
Study Guide Information
The Study Guide, now a PDF, 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.
2020-2021 Dates and Deadlines
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Registration Opens
Friday, March 1, 2019 - Registration Closes
Friday, April 9, 2021 – Links and Instructions Made Available
Friday, April 30, 2021 – Virtual National Championship
Christopher S. Jannings, Ph.D.
Music educator, clinician, and conductor Christopher Jannings is currently the Director of Orchestras and Guitar Studies at Roseville Area High School in Roseville, MN. Past positions of note include serving as a summer faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, Assistant Conductor of the Roseville String Ensemble from 2009-2015, and Conductor of the MacPhail Suzuki Chamber Orchestra from 2014-2016. In addition to 15 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 and musicologist from 2016-2018. As a freelance musician, he has performed in a number of styles and venues on string bass, electric bass, cello, and guitar. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude in Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota.
Worksheet to assist with note taking on each composition: