Music analysis (601)

Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles
  • Study of the elements of tonal language;
  • Understanding of tonal syntax through tonal repertoire;
  • Principles of contrapuntal writing;
  • Introduction to structural and thematic analysis;
  • Study of the following concepts: binary structure within the baroque suite, fugue and sonata forms, through the analysis of baroque inventions, duets or preludes, and through simple classical works and fugues. Study Methods Listening analyzes, theoretical presentations and perspectives illustrated by specific analyzes of major works (* 2,6,4);
  • Analysis works by individual or collective thinkings aimed to develop the interpersonal skills needed in workshops (*2,3,5).
* In references to the “Cadre de Compétences Musique”
No specific input requirements.
  • Stimulate the student’s artistic mind through a better understanding of music, regardless of the period, the style, the form and the genre, which will lead him to a better play (*2,3,6);
  • Give the student as many analytical tools as possible which will be essential throughout their learning experience. This will help them acquire the autonomy needed for a personal way of analysing music matching their needs (*1,3,6);
  • Develop an active listening of musical works (*2,3);
  • Create an interdisciplinary connection between the different courses of the student’s first year of the first cycle. This would help expand the student’s interests in other musical fields, in perfect synergy with the artistic and pedagogical project of the Conservatoire (*4,5,6);
  • Analyse and pertinently interpret data in order to come up with artistical proposals, and to express critical judgement which contains insights on social, artistical and aesthetic matters (*2,3,4,6).
* In references to the “Cadre de Compétences Musique”

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
    Music theory students, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    No E-Learning
  • Course
  • students #
    more than 25 students
  • Hours per year
    Non-exhaustive list of analysed works:
    J.-S. Bach Inventions and Sinfonias;
    J.-S. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier;
    W. A. Mozart, Sonatas for piano;
    L. van Beethoven, Sonatas for piano.
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Edwin Clapuyt

current position

Professor, full-time faculty


Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles


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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