2019-20 Study Guide Themes
Featured composer: Stravinsky
Featured genre: Music of the Spheres (music inspired by outerspace, from middle ages to present)
Featured ethnomusic: Music in Mexico (emphasis on revolutionary/post-revolutionary art music)
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.
2019-2020 Dates and Deadlines
Monday, September 9, 2019 - Registration Opens
Friday, November 15, 2019 - Registration Closes
Friday, January 24, 2020 – Regional Contests *
Friday, January 31, 2020 – Snow Date
Friday, February 7, 2020 – 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 musicologist Kathryn Hujda is writing a brand new Study Guide for the Music Listening Contest this year.
Kate is the Assistant Curator for the Performing Arts Archives and Upper Midwest Literary Archives, where she assists researchers, manages collections, ensures access, and routinely engages the public. She holds bachelor of arts degrees in English and music from Winona State University, and received her graduate degree in music with an emphasis in musicology from the University of Minnesota in 2011. In 2012, Kate was the recipient of an Arts Management Fellowship with Nautilus Music-Theater and Springboard for the Arts. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Twin Cities Archives Round Table, and serves as the team lead for the Twin Cities chapter of the American Theatre Archive Project and on the Board of the Theatre Library Association. She remains an active member of the arts community in the Twin Cities, and has worked with a variety of artists and arts organizations utilizing her skills as a musician, writer, administrator, and historian.
This is the second Study Guide written by Kate; she also wrote the 2018-19 MLC Study Guide.
Worksheet to assist with note taking on each composition: