Course detail

Music Notation

FEKT-BPC-KPNAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course consists of the revision of the basics of music notation and the study of scores of historic and contemporary chamber, orchestral and vocal music. Students will become familiar with less common ways of musical notation, such as graphics, proportional and aleatoric notation. Part of the course is a practical introduction to Sibelius notation software.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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 analysis of score during interview.
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.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with common and less common types of music notations, scores of chamber, orchestral and vocal music, and basic work with Sibelius notation software.
The student will be able to:
- explain the meaning of the symbols in musical notation,
- analyze scores of historic chamber, vocal and orchestral music,
- explain the meaning of the symbols used in graphic scores, the principles of proportional notation and other less common ways of notation,
- characterize the scores of the second half of the 20th century and briefly orient him/herself in them
- know the basics of work with Sibelius notation software.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Loudová, Ivana - Moderní notace a její interpretace, AMU Praha, 1998 (CS)
Ivo Zelingr: Notografie, Supraphon, Praha 1986 (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization AUDB-TECH , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Fundamentals seminar

9 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

4 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer