FAQ

Can I buy sheet music or CDs from your website?
What is contained in a music analysis?
Can I receive the music analysis as an immediate download?
Can I order a full harmonic analysis of a piece?
Who uses these music analyses?
Why do teachers use these products?
Why do students use these products?
Why are some items listed more than once?
Why are specific editions sometimes mentioned?
What does "urtext" mean?
How long will it take for me to receive my order?
Why haven't I received my order?
Do music analysis study packs contain everything I need to know for my exam?
I want to use the information from your analytical notes in an assignment. Do I need to acknowledge the source?

Can I buy sheet music or CDs from your website?

This site mostly contains musical analysis and other resources for music study, rather than sheet music or recordings.

If you are searching for sheet music or CDs, please click here.


What is contained in a music analysis?

Ross Hamilton's analyses contain useful information for teachers and students about specific musical works. They cover the composer, style, form, key, modulations, and signs and terms of each piece. The notes range in length from one to six pages, with the level of detail varying according to the complexity of the piece.

Click here to view samples of the notes.


Can I receive the music analysis as an immediate download?

No, unfortunately not at this stage. All orders are processed manually. Most orders are dispatched the same day, or within two business days at the latest.

Can I order a full harmonic analysis of a piece?

Complete harmonic analysis (chord by chord) is usually not available. The analyses listed on this website contain a clear and concise overview of the harmonic process, drawing attention to cadences and other significant chord progressions, but do not contain an analysis of every chord in the piece.

Who uses these music analyses?

Over a thousand students throughout Australia, as well as many teachers and examiners, have used Ross Hamilton's analytical notes. They are suitable for students at a primary, secondary or early tertiary level. They use basic analytical techniques, avoiding complicated jargon. The analyses are suitable for students preparing for grade or diploma performance exams, or secondary school music courses. They are not intended for students of advanced musical analysis.

Why do teachers use these products?

Many teachers find there is just not enough time in the music lesson to cover general knowledge and analysis thoroughly. Some teachers look for a range of opinions to supplement their own analysis.

Why do students use these products?

The notes are clearly presented, easy to study from, and contain very specific information about the piece that is often very difficult to locate elsewhere. Some students have passed their diploma exams with Distinction after using Ross Hamilton's music analyses, with comments in their reports such as "thoroughly researched" and "obvious depth of knowledge".

Why are some items listed more than once?

Many items can be purchased as an individual work/movement, and also in a collection.

For most students, the individual work/movement will be sufficient for their needs.

The collections provide an economical way to obtain information about several different works or movements. Teachers, parents and older students often prefer these because they provide better value for money. They contain the same level of detail about each piece as the individual analyses.

If you purchase a collection, there is no need to buy the individual item as well, because you will just be duplicating the information about that piece.


Why are specific editions sometimes mentioned?

Different editions of a piece can sometimes vary in their bar numbering and expression markings.

What does "urtext" mean?

Urtext refers to the original version of a piece, without any added performance instructions by an editor.

How long will it take for me to receive my order?

Most orders are dispatched from Sydney the day they are received, and within two business days at the very latest. This applies both to postal and email delivery. If your order seems to be delayed, please email the office (order AT rosshamilton DOT com DOT au).

Custom orders (for works not listed in the catalogue) may take up to eight weeks to complete.


Why haven't I received my order?

All orders receive an immediate email confirmation, and are processed within 2 business days of payment (usually the same day as the order is placed). If you do not receive your confirmation or order within the expected timeframe, please check your junk mail folder before contacting us. You may need to add order @ rosshamilton.com.au [remove the spaces first] to your address book or list of recognised senders.

Credit card orders are sent as soon as payment has been processed. If you have not received your order within 30 minutes of confirmation of payment, please email the office (order AT rosshamilton DOT com DOT au), or by replying to the "Your invoice" message.

If you have placed a large order, please check that your email reader does not have a data size restriction operating.

Some email accounts have security settings that do not allow password-protected files. If this is the case, you may need to nominate another email account for delivery.


Do music analysis study packs contain everything I need to know for my exam?

The study packs contain information on all aspects of the exam syllabus. Of course, no-one can predict exactly what questions you will be asked in an exam. Students at higher levels should read as widely as possible about the composers and styles (the study guide contains suggestions for this). You need to demonstrate that you have thought about what you have read, rather than just reciting information that you learnt by rote.

I want to use the information from your analytical notes in an assignment. Do I need to acknowledge the source?

Yes, you always need to acknowledge your sources in a bibliography. Here is a suggested format:

Hamilton, Ross A., Unpublished analysis of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1, Sydney, 2008.