Course detail

Music Theory 1

FEKT-BPC-HT1Acad. year: 2020/2021

Basic concepts of musical acoustics, music notation, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, aliquot tones, and tuning musical instruments. General music theory. Scales, chords, tonality.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are able to:
- Define basic concepts of musical acoustics,
- Define basic musical concepts,
- Understand the scales of major / minor,
- Understand intervals and their turns,
- Understand musical instruments.


Knowledge from field of general education is required, on whose basis student passed the admission procedure.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Luděk Zenkl: ABC hudební nauky
Šín, O. : Všeobecná nauka o hudbě. Praha 1949 (CS)
Pícha, F. : Všeobecná hudební nauka. Praha, SHV 1961 (CS)
Kohoutek, C. : Novodobé skladebné směry v hudbě. Praha, SHV 1965 (CS)
Votoček, E. : Hudební slovník cizích výrazů a rčení. Praha, HMUB 1946 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures have character of explanation accompanied with listening of recordings.
- Exercises support practical acquiring of themes presented at lectures in form of practical work with active participation of students.
Participation at lectures is recommended. Participation at other ways of instruction is checked.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given for successful demonstration of knowledge in an interview. Credit is awarded for successful completion of a written test that consists of 100 questions, each worth 1 point. To be successful, it is necessary to obtain at least 60 points.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1 to 2 Basic concepts of musical acoustics.
3 to 4 Basics of notation.
5 to 6 Scale major / minor
7 to 13 Intervals, chords, turns chords, basic harmonic functions, musical instruments


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basic concepts of music theory necessary for further study of (eg. Scales, intervals, chords, chord turnovers), basic introduction to musical instruments.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

To obtain the credit it is necessary to complete at least 10 exercises during semester. Other forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    specialization AUDB-TECH , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer