I know that harmonic analysis can be done like this:

i iv V i

Is there a similar standard for melodic analysis? Is melodic analysis a thing?

Thanks, Nathan.

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Yes. There is a whole discipline for it: http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/krr2/mel_anal.html

One looks a range, key, ornaments, type of tone connections, essential and non-essential tones, rhythm, harmonic implications, etc.

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    Thanks! They mostly teach harmonic analysis in music theory classes, but I'd never heard of melodic analysis. Mar 7, 2019 at 22:48

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