Solfeggio II

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The subject aims to develop musical hearing and attention as well as memory and analytical skills. It also includes further development of the intonationally clear singing skills of homophonic and polyphonic sight-singing. Fundamentals of music theory are learnt and practised through written and singing exercises. The following topics are covered: 1st semester. Diminished and augmented intervals, composite intervals, 7th chord of the 2nd degree, diminished and half-diminished 7th chords of the 7th degree with inversions and resolves. 1st and 2nd Hungarian scales, pentatonic and whole-tone scale. 2nd semester. Diminished and augmented triads with inversions and resolves. Chromatic major and minor scale, the octatonic scale of Rimski-Korsakov and Messiaen. 1-2-voice tonally stable dictations, including mnemonic dictation. Tonally stable chord progressions. Working on more complex rhythms.
Basic knowledge of music theory.
On completion of the course, the student will be able to - recognize and sing the intervals and chords learnt and practised in the classes, both separately and in various orders and sequences, both upwards and downwards - use both letter names and solfege syllables of the notes when singing - sing one voice and play the other in a 2-voice exercise, or sing in a duet - sing with good intonation the various scales and sequences (both chromatic and diatonic) - write down the bass line and chord symbols of chord progressions which are played 3-4 times - write down 1-voice tonally stable dictations played 8-10 times, mnemonic dictations played 2-4 times, "quick" dictations played 1 time

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 elements used in this course
  • Course
  • students #
    3-6 student
  • Hours per year
    Aleksejev, B. Etiudy po solfedzho. Moscow 1990. Jersild, Jörgen. Polyrytmik. Oslo: Norsk Musikforlag Agazanov, A. Kurs solfedzho. Volumes I-III. Moscow 1973, 1985 Eglund, Lars. Modus Novus. Stockholm: Nordiska Musikförlaget 1963 Eespere, René. Prima Vista? Tallinn: Eres Estonia 1984
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Helin Lippmaa

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Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre


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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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