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Introduction to Music Theory Course


Introduction to Music Theory
Introduction to Music Theory

Become more familiar with music by gaining a good knowledge of the music theory


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Course Description

Music theory is the analysation of how music works - by studying the notation and language of music. Introduction to Music Theory introduces the basic concepts and terms needed to discuss melody and harmony. Concepts covered include interval, major and minor keys and scales, triads, chords and beginning harmonic analysis.
The course is suitable for teens or adults with no background in music theory but some familiarity with reading common notation and playing an instrument (or singing).

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Learning Outcomes

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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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 166 reviews
Course Title: Introduction to Music Theory
Course #: 340
Course Publisher: Connexions
Course Category: 6
Content Origin: The course contents are licensed by Creative Commons License
Course Description: Music theory is the analysation of how music works - by studying the notation and language of music. Introduction to Music Theory introduces the basic concepts and terms needed to discuss melody and harmony. Concepts covered include interval, major and minor keys and scales, triads, chords and beginning harmonic analysis.
The course is suitable for teens or adults with no background in music theory but some familiarity with reading common notation and playing an instrument (or singing).
License: This course is available from Connexions OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 19 September 2011
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 5-6 Hours
Video/Audio: None
Audio Only: High
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 16+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Joe Huyzers
    Joe Huyzers South Africa Very well written and compiled. 2015-08-17 21:08:27
  • Brendan Marsh
    Brendan Marsh United Kingdom Very informative. Having previously studied for some advanced Music Theory exams, this course was very useful revision (some of it was even new to me) and it also gave me a good idea of how to explain bits of music theory to others. 2015-08-14 22:08:06
  • Julie Lynn Verardi
    Julie Lynn Verardi Canada Informative lessons... I enjoyed this course. Remember that spelling errors result in errors in the assessment... an added 'e' cost me 10 marks. 2015-07-22 18:07:10
  • Victor Onojah
    Victor Onojah Nigeria I believe i have learnt much, but i think a module on staff notations should be introduced. Thanks 2015-07-22 11:07:21
  • Daniel Kochanik
    Daniel Kochanik United Kingdom Very detailed course in my view. I went to musical school (classical) at the age of 6, and the basic theory was taught during first 4 years. So I would say that this course covers at least first two years. 2015-05-30 20:05:47
  • Samuel Atuasah
    Samuel Atuasah Ghana I think its a nice course that broaden your understanding about music fundamentals 2015-04-26 22:04:33
  • Blank Cobra
    Blank Cobra [[]] Amazing course. Anyone that try could understand and appreciate more music with it. 2015-02-24 20:02:00
  • Ярослав Иванов
    Ярослав Иванов Latvia Thank You! 2015-02-03 15:02:36
  • Mary Kirkness
    Mary Kirkness Canada I enjoyed doing this course. It was good information. I especially liked the diagrams and the piano sounds. I learned what I expected to learn in this course. 2015-01-30 03:01:51
  • Jonathan Plumb
    Jonathan Plumb United Kingdom Great! 2015-01-05 16:01:25
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