Organology (historical part)

lmusi1520  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Organology (historical part)
5 credits
22.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2018-2019
Main themes
History of the instruments of Western music from the Middle Ages to the Present.

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


Knowledge of musical instruments and their history.


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 shows the evolution of instruments in the history of Western music. It consists of a presentation based on many documents and iconographic sound. Each instrument is presented in its socio-cultural and musical, so that students can identify the resources and limitations. A portion of the course is devoted to the reading of scores, to show how the instruments are operated in the orchestra and various instrumental formations.
As part of the course, a visit to the Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels or to instrument workshops are possible.
A personal paper written by the students, consisting in the translation of a scientific, non-French article, is required.
Teaching methods
Lectures illustrated with Powerpoint presentations.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation is based on following criteria :
  • translation of a non-French scientific article
  • oral examination on the course content, the auditory identification of musical instruments and the observation capabilities of instruments not studied during the course.
Other information
Online resources
Syllabus on Moodle
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology

Minor in Musicology