Asaf’yev studied music at the fitness center in Kronstadt and history and philology at St. Petersburg School. He also received teaching in orchestration from Rimsky-Korsakov and in structure from Lyadov in the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He helped to arrange the music division in the Petrograd Institute for the annals from the Arts (later on renamed the Leningrad Institute) following the Trend of 1917. He kept many renowned positions in Soviet musical culture, including an interval as professor in the Leningrad Conservatory where he founded the musicology division. Asaf’yev is most beneficial kept in mind for his writings on music. His Music as Type and Procedure explores his theory regarding the expressive character of musical type.