Courses on form can impart valuable skills in analytic writing through strategic scaffolding of writing assignments. Part I of this article provides six steps toward their first essay: teach the basic theoretical concepts; discuss the process for writing an analytic essay; model good analytic writing; assign the prompt; comment on a draft of the form diagram; and give precise feedback. Part II of this article divides the work of a larger final paper into five tasks: a proposal, a draft of the form diagram, an individual consultation, a rough draft, and the completed paper. Although among one of the most difficult skills to master, analytic writing remains an indispensable tool for synthesizing and applying theoretical concepts. Student gains in depth of understanding of the principles and repertoire at hand merit the time and effort of teaching analytic writing in the undergraduate form classroom.
Inman, Samantha M.
"Teaching Analytic Writing in the Form Classroom,"
Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy: Vol. 31, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcollections.lipscomb.edu/jmtp/vol31/iss1/3