Teoria della Musica

Conservatorio di Musica "A. Vivaldi"
An introduction to Music Theory: possible definitions, aims and methodologies. Insights on form, tunings and temperaments, and ornaments.
Basics of notation and harmony.
At the end of the course the students should be able to approach a theory, seeking to define processes and general principles in music and placing them in the context of history, through the acquired knowledge on form, tunings and temperaments, and ornaments.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
  • Completed Semester
    One semester.
  • How many semesters does the course last?
    One semester.
  • hours per week
    1-2 hours.
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
    Other (Bachelor students.)
  • credits
  • Type of Course
    Lecture, Seminar
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    pdfs of the slides, links to some listenings/audio examples.
  • Course
  • students #
    3-6 student
  • Hours per year
    - Giovanni Albini, Perché le note sono sette. Società Europea di Edizioni Spa 2021. - Loris Azzaroni, Canone infinito: lineamenti di teoria della musica. CLUEB 2001. - James Murray Barbour, Tuning and Temperament: A Historical Survey. Michigan State College Press 1951, Dover 2004. - Thomas Christensen (ed.), The Cambridge History of Western Music. Cambridge University Press 2002.
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Giovanni Albini

current position

Full professor


Conservatorio di Musica "A. Vivaldi"

Be a part of our european project !

This European project (KA 203 Strategic Partnership) created by Salvatore Gioveni promotes cross-border collaboration in the field of Music Theory through sharing knowledge and transferring pedagogical innovation. It thus responds to a lack of centralised source and framework to deepen reflection by means of cross-disciplinary study at European and international level.

There is a significant wealth of educational practices from one country to another in this sector, especially in terms of harmonic musical notation and analysis. However, HMEI's are facing the nonexistence of a European network for pedagogical staff in Music Theory so far. To improve the situation, the project will among other things develop several intellectual outputs such as Online Platform (IO 1), an EU Bibliography (IO 2), a Repository Courses (IO 3), a Multilingual Glossary (IO 4) and an Exchange Online Learning Platform.

Besides the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles as leader and manager of the project, the following partner institutions are involved: Music Academy S. Moniuszki Gdańsk (Gdańsk, Poland), F. Liszt Academy of Music Budapest (Budapest, Hungary), Estonian Academy for Music and Theatre (Tallinn, Estonia), HfMTh "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" (Leipzig, Germany).

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