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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/34]   EDUCATION STUDIES [34/00 - Ord. 2019]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 30


The course aims to study languages, styles, instruments and musical forms, through some relevant historical examples.
1. Knowledge and understanding. Addressing some historical, theoretical and methodological aspects, the course allows to know the fundamentals of musical grammar, the terminology of the discipline, to describe and interpret the dramaturgical mechanisms of musical theater, through the study of the relationship between music and text (in the theater of opera), to understand the importance of musical practice and listening education in basic training, and in the development of imagination and creativity.
2. Ability to apply knowledge. The course also provides a conceptual framework and reference points to develop educational activities related to music and musical theater in school and out-of-school contexts, to encourage the practice of playing (and singing) together, recognizing the importance of practiced music and of active listening in cognitive, emotional and relational processes.
3. Autonomy of judgment. The course allows you to acquire critical skills in the face of musical phenomena, and to develop reasoning and argumentation skills on them: you will thus be able to make conscious choices in suggesting musical pieces to children and teenagers, guiding them in listening, as well as proposing evaluate educational projects related to music with full knowledge of the facts, in relation to needs, resources and context.
4. Communication skills. The analysis of musical phenomena and the knowledge of the fundamentals of musical grammar allow you to use a correct vocabulary to describe musical concepts, to clearly communicate the knowledge acquired to children and young people, to interact competently with educational operators, to evaluate and motivate proposals for musical activities in various educational fields.
5. Ability to learn. The course offers the opportunity to identify historical, artistic, scientific and literary coordinates that allow to expand the network of connections between the various fields of knowledge, with a plurality of interpretative tools related to music, thus stimulating curiosity and interests and offering a problematic and multifaceted approach to discipline.


There are no specific prerequisites for the course, other than the general course prerequisites.


The course deals with a crucial period in the History of Music, the turning point between the second half of the 18th century and the Romantic era, with its cultural, social, technical and political transformations. From this period, which is also at the origin of today's musical world, Mozart's three operas with librettos by Da Ponte are analysed, in order to address some theoretical, conceptual and methodological bases of musical dramaturgy. By clarifying the stereotypes linked to so-called classical music, investigating its richness and complexity, and studying the relationship between text and music, the aim is to encourage an active approach to listening music, overcoming the idea of music as pure entertainment. The lessons also suggest strategies and methods to bring children and young people closer to musical theatre, and introduce themes related to teaching music in the context of the educator's professional practice.

Teaching Methods

The lectures are accompanied by music listening and projections and supplemented by open discussions with students on various musical subiects.

Verification of learning

The final evaluation is based on an oral examination, with a listening test. The grade, expressed in thirtieths, is based on the learning of the topics covered in the course and in the reference texts, on the mastery of the basic musical vocabulary, on the critical elaboration of the concepts, on the clarity and coherence of the reasoning.


Edward J. Dent, Il teatro di Mozart, Milano, Rusconi, 1979.
Paolo Gallarati, Musica e Maschera, Torino, EDT, 1984. Only chapter 9, Da Ponte e Mozart, pp.162-208.
Giorgio Pestelli, L'età di Mozart e di Beethoven, Torino, EDT, 1991. Only chapters III and IV, pp.109-272.
Listening and analysis of the three Mozart's operas based on librettos written by Lorenzo Da Ponte: Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte - the libretto (complete) and the recording (complete) of each opera is an integral part of the bibliography for examination.
Three articles of the Dizionario dell'Opera Baldini&Castoldi, related to Nozze di Figaro (, Don Giovanni (, Così fan tutte (

More Information

This programme is related to the academic year 2021-2022, and replaces the programmes (of 6 CFU) of previous years. Part of the teaching material is available in the University website or on TEAMS. Additional information and updates are available on the professor's page at: The advice section is of particular importance for non-attending students, who are invited to contact the professor if they have any doubts about preparing the examination. Because of the continuing pandemic, the professor can be contacted by e-mail or telephone, by appointment at

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