Technology of Music. Organology (methodological part)

lmusi1516  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Technology of Music. Organology (methodological part)
3 credits
22.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
Ceulemans Anne-Emmanuelle;
Main themes
  • Description of acoustical constraints related to the instrument;
  • History of scales and temperaments of antiquity to the present;
  • History of tune;
  • Classification of musical instruments according to their morphology.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Understanding the basics of musical acoustics, training ranges and temperaments, changes the pitch and the classification of musical instruments.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course begins with an analysis of constraints imposed by the acoustic instrumental (mainly strings and aerophones).
The second part is devoted to the construction of ranges (range pythagorean, zarlinienne) and temperaments (tuning, irregular, equal).
The third part is devoted to pitch and its history.
The last part of the course covers the classification of musical instruments (in collaboration with the Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve). As part of the course, a visit to the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels is planned. Visits instrument workshops are also possible. The review is quoted on the basis of theoretical knowledge for students but also their ability to observe. It is particularly valued by using drawings of the instruments they are invited to perform during the year.
Teaching methods
Lectures illustrated with Powerpoint presentations.
Evaluation methods
Written 'open-book' examination.
Other information
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme

Minor in Musicology