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Music Theory: Instruments and Rhythm

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

    1-2 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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The course Music Theory: Instruments and Rhythm teaches 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. The course begins by introducing you to music theory and describing different instruments and musical genres.

You will learn how aspects of classical music can be applied to other genres of music and the differences between motives and themes. Next, the course teaches you about the fundamentals of rhythm, in particular about musical notation and what different musical notes represent. You will also learn how to identify meters in musical excerpts including counting measures and musical dictation.

The course then shows you 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.
  • Describe the most common type of form in pop music – verse and chorus.
  • Differentiate between rhythm and melody.
  • Distinguish between major and minor chords.
  • Distinguish between tremolo, pizzicato, and vibrato.
  • Define what tempo in music means.
  • Explain the term syncopation and how it is used in music.
  • Distinguish between polyphony, monophony, and homophony.

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Course Reviews

Autumn J.
one year ago
Autumn J.

I Love it!!!!!!

Axell M.
one year ago
Axell M.

It was a great learning experience for me.

Axell M.
one year ago
Axell M.

It was a great learning experience for me.

Saulo C.
one year ago
Saulo C.

Muito instrutivo.

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