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Diploma in Music Theory

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Diploma in Music Theory
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  • Certification
  • In this Alison course, Introduction to Music Theory, develop your aural skills by learning how to identify different musical techniques such as meters, beats, and transitions in various musical genres.

    The course will begin by introducing you to basic musical terminology, instruments, and genres. You will learn about the fundamentals of rhythm and how to identify beats and meters in music. The course will delve into the three primary types of musical texture, the difference between each of them, and how they are used in different genres of music. The student will learn about melodies and different scales that occur in music.

    The second half of this course provides the learner with knowledge on harmonies including how to build chords to create a harmony. You will also learn about musical forms such as sonata-allegro, rondo, and ostinato form. Musical pieces by different composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven will be used throughout the course to allow you to identify with different musical techniques and patterns.

    This course will be of interest to anyone hoping to improve their aural listening skills or those with an interest in music.

  • After completing this music theory course, you will:


    • Differentiate between rhythm and melody.
    • Explain the general format of symphonies.
    • Distinguish between duple and triple meters.
    • Discuss the use of chromaticism.
    • Explain what a harmony is.
    • Define what a coda is.
    • Define “pedal point”.
    • Explain how to review a concert.
    • Explain what a fugue is.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma or Certificate.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

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