Music theory writing workshop

Hochschule für Musik Würzburg
The need for "music theory writing" is high: Not only do many people find it difficult to write interesting and well-structured texts with analytical statements about music - for example in analysis exams or term papers... In concert introductions, too, people often talk more about the environment of a work than about the audible core of the music. Where does the "inhibition threshold" to make music-theoretical statements in front of an audience come from? Whether it's a short lecture, a concert introduction or an exam - the music theory "writing workshop" deals with the question of how to prepare supposedly "dry" music theory content in such a way that all participants gain added value from it. We reflect on narrative structures - also in film - and try out different formats. In the last few years, we have been able to cooperate with the Mozart Festival Würzburg, among others, and create introductions for selected concerts - as a face-to-face event or also via video due to the corona crisis, which has once again offered completely new possibilities, right up to impulses from the world of poetry slam.
The course is recommended from the 3rd year of study onwards, if confidence in the application of analytical methods is already present.
Students should be able to formulate essential statements about structural or tonal features about a musical work in a text or verbally in such a way that they are easily understood by an audience. Depending on the situation, they have a sense for the appropriateness of their approach.

Further information

  • assessment
    Other (Public presentation)
  • level
    Advanced, Expert
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
    90 minutes
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, advanced
    Music theory students, advanced
  • credits
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
    Bachelor, Master
  • e-learning-elements
    DaVinci Resolve as video cutting program
  • Course
  • students #
    3-6 student
  • Hours per year
    62 (2 hours per week)
  • evaluation grid
  • evaluation grid
    and document


Markus Sotirianos

current position

Full-time teacher, music theory department


Hochschule für Musik Würzburg


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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