Introduction to Music Theory
Enhance your musical talent and learn to read notes, write music, and play chords by ear with this music theory course.Publisher: Openstax CNX
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This course begins by giving you an insight into where octaves come from. You will learn that musical notes, like all sounds, are made of evenly-spaced sound waves. You will study high and low frequencies, and learn that people have been making music and talking about music long before we knew that sounds were waves with frequencies. You will also learn that any note that is twice the frequency of another note is one octave higher.
You will then learn how to classify intervals and study perfect intervals including primes, octaves, fourths, and fifths. You will also study augmented and diminished intervals as well as the different spellings of intervals. With this course, you will also learn about ear training which refers to the recognition of information about notes and chords just by hearing them. You will look into tuning, playing chords by ear, playing tunes by ear, improvisation, and more.
If you have no background in music theory but have some familiarity with reading common notation, playing an instrument, or singing, this course will greatly help enhance your skills. Upon the completion of this course, you will understand where octaves come from and know how to divide octaves into a scale. You will also be able to identify the pitch of a note, chromatic scales, whole steps, whole-tone scales and intervals so check out this course and build up your musical talent now.
Upon completion of this course you will understand where octaves come from; you will know how to name a particular octave and how to divide octaves into a scale. You will know enharmonic spelling of notes such as sharp, flat or natural. You will be able to identify the pitch of a note, chromatic scales, whole steps, whole tone scales and intervals. You will understand how to classify intervals including perfect, major, minor, augmented and diminished intervals. You will know about ear training and relative pitch, tuning, playing chords by ear, improvisation, recognising intervals, writing music and much more.
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Music theory is the study of the ideas such as rhythm, melody, and harmony that help us understand music. It describes and explains music and how it is constructed, and puts the ideas and practices of music into a written form. With Alison's free online music courses, you will gain a better understanding of how music is constructed, what music does, and what happens when we hear it.
Each of the online music courses on Alison are free, as are all of Alison's online courses. Alison's learners do not have to pay anything to take these courses unless they want a digital or physical copy of the course certificate.