Eclecticism, Quotation & Sampling

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This lesson is part of the Style & Compositional Techniques category.


  • Students will explore the characteristics of polystylism and mashup
  • Students will explore the compositional techniques of eclecticism, quotation and sampling.



Class Activities[edit]

  • Discussion and definitions of polystylism
  • Analysis of music from different styles which feature polystylism
  • Composition and improvisation in a polystylistic structure
  • Discussion and definition of musical eclecticism and quotation
  • Discussion of the practical and ethical aspects of sampling
  • Analysis of music which features quotation or sampling


  • Identification and analysis of polystylistic techniques in written and recorded music
  • Identification and analysis of eclecticism, quotation and sampling in written and recorded music