Music theory 1-10

Liszt Ferenc Zenemuveszeti Egyetem
The goal of the subject is to acquire the elements of music (rhythm, melody, harmony) in theory and partly in pratice. On the lessons the different styles and analitical methods of the music literature from 1200 to the 21st century are studied. The styles processed during the semesters: - classical harmony - form theory - middle ages and renaissance (modes, rhythm, mensural notation, Palestrina's counterpoint, chromaticism in the 16th century) - baroque style: seconda pratica, basso continuo, Figurenlehre, Affektenlehre etc. - harmony in the 19th century - 20th century; contemporary music
- stable ‘inner-ear’ - ability to distinguish the different triads and seventh chords by listening - exact intonation skills (singing) - advanced piano skills - advanced sight-reading - stylistic and historical orientation - intellectual interest - solid knowledge on classical harmony Subsequent class: completion of the prerequisite units of the same subject is obligatory for the registration.
They have to have acquired advanced harmonic hearing, analytical experience, reliable inner hearing, ability to read and notate by hearing difficult pieces of music. The student, having completed the course, knows the most important styles from medieval music to the 21st century. They know the structure of different scores and are able to play it on the piano. They know the theoretic background and practical methods of thoroughbass.

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
    Music theory students, advanced
  • credits
    4/semester (school music teacher – music theory) 2/semester (choir conductor – school music teacher; choir conductor – music theory)
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
  • Course
  • students #
    3-6 student
  • Hours per year
    Scores of the music literature of nine centuries.
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Miklós Mohay

current position


Endre Olsvay

current position

associate professor

Boglárka Terray

current position



Liszt Ferenc Zenemuveszeti Egyetem


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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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