Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
The lecture deals with history, construction, types of playing, notation of the instruments. Classification models and musical instruments of world music are also discussed. The lecture is supplemented by the area of score studies.
Students must pass the entrance exam in music theory and aural training in order to study at HMT Leipzig.
Students receive a basic overview of the musical instruments and how they are used in the orchestra and other contexts. The lecture is concluded with an oral examination (15 minutes). This includes a lecture as well as a question on topics of the lecture.

Further information

  • assessment
    Exam with grade E
  • level
    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Completed Semester
  • How many semesters does the course last?
  • hours per week
  • Link of the course
  • Target group of course
    Instrumentalists, beginner
  • credits
  • Type of Course
  • Degree Level
  • e-learning-elements
    Learning platform "Moodle"
  • Course
  • students #
    more than 25 students
  • Hours per year
    Erich Valentin: Handbuch der Instrumentenkunde. Regensburg 1954. Curt Sachs: Handbuch der Musikinstrumentenkunde. Leipzig 1930. Briner: Reclams Musikinstrumentenführer. Die Instrumente und ihre Akustik. Stuttgart 1988. Ertugrul Sevsay: Handbuch der Instrumentationspraxis. Kassel 2005. etc.
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Britta Giesecke von Bergh

current position



Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig


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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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