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Diploma in Music Theory

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Learn all about music theory by identifying different rhythms and instruments in a piece of music.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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This Diploma course in Music Theory starts by introducing you to music theory and teaching you to develop your aural listening skills by focusing on classical music and learning about different instruments and musical techniques used in classical musical pieces. You will also learn how aspects of classical music can be applied to other genres of music and the differences between motives and themes along with the basics of rhythm, in particular about musical notation.

Next you will learn how to identify different chords in a melody and the development of notes and musical scales as well as how to distinguish between major and minor scales by using your listening skills and using the classics you will learn how cadences and sequences are used in musical excerpts. You will also learn about harmony and bass patterns, chord progressions and how to build chords in a melody. By listening to blues and rock musical genres you will hear how chord progressions are used.

Musical Form focuses on teaching you about the six models in classical music from sonata-allegro to rondo form. You will learn how each model was formed and the difference between each of them. This course also teaches you about the features of verse and chorus and how the same material can return at certain points in a musical piece.

The course discusses the four functional types that will show up in sonata-allegro form which are thematic, cadential, developmental, and transitional. You will learn when each of these types can occur in a musical piece and what they represent when used. You will also learn how to identify rhythm in different genres of music such as jazz, pop, and classical music.

This course will be of great interest to both musicians who want to strengthen their knowledge around the basics of musical theory and learners who would like to learn more about music theory and improve their aural skills.

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After completing this music theory course, you will:

  • Explain how to listen to music properly.
  • Differentiate between rhythm and melody.
  • Discuss the differences between verse and chorus.
  • 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.
  • Explain what a harmony is.
  • Explain what a chord progression is
  • Distinguish between major and minor chords
  • Distinguish between conjunct or disjunct melodies.

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