Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 4 - Modes and Counterpoint
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Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 4 - Modes and Counterpoint

A Complete College-Level Music Theory Curriculum. This is Part 4: Working with Modes (Church Modes) and Counterpoint
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 2/2017
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Includes:
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Composing music using modes and counterpoint
  • Create unique melodies by understanding the rules of counterpoint
  • Create more emotional music by taking advantage of the musical modes
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Requirements
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1 - How To Read Music will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 2 - Chords, Scales, and Keys will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 3 - Minor Keys and More will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • This courses assumes students know the basics of how to read music. (Those who can not identify notes in treble clef should start with Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1)
Description

For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class - it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 4: Modes (Musical Modes, AKA The Church Modes) and Counterpoint.

Throughout this class, I'll be providing you with many worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible. Also in this class I have several complete analysis projects that we will complete together - just like in my college classes.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently
  • How Modes Work
  • The History of Modes
  • Identifying the Musical Modes
  • Incorporating modes into popular music
  • Analysis of popular and classical music, including the Simpsons TV Theme Song, and the Beetles.
  • Interval Exploration
  • Compound Intervals
  • Rules for Inversion
  • Augmented Intervals
  • Diminished Intervals
  • Enharmonic Equivalence
  • Labeling Dissonance
  • Counterpoint in Species 
  • The Rules of Counterpoint
  • Compositing with Counterpoint
  • Types of Contrapuntal Motion
  • Creating music with Counterpoint
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 4 - Modes and Counterpoint you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for anyone who has wondered about music theory and is ready to fully explore it.
  • Songwriters, producers, and instrumentalists will benefit from this course by understanding music on a deeper level.
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
04:09:14
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Welcome & Overview
5 Lectures 22:30

Welcome to the class! Lets start with a little overview video of what we will be covering in this class. 

Preview 05:10

There are 2 tools we will be using throughout this course - and lucky for you, they are both free!

Preview 04:28

Print out a few sheets of this, and keep it handy throughout this course!

[DOWNLOAD] Free Staff Paper
00:06

Lets do 2 quick review sessions - these topics will be essential moving forward.

Review Session: Major and Minor Scales
06:39

For our second review, lets look one more time at the Diatonic Chord Progression.

Review Session: Diatonic Chord Progressions
06:07
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Modes (The Musical Modes, AKA The Church Modes)
11 Lectures 49:19

Welcome to Modes! These are scales that we can use to create a wider palette of musical emotions.

Preview 03:06

There are a few tricks to modes. In this video I'll walk you through how they work.

Preview 07:46

Modes of a rich and wild history. In this video we take a little break from theory for a quick history lesson.

Preview 10:12

Mode number 1: The Ionian Mode.

The Ionian Mode
02:39

The second mode: Dorian.

The Dorian Mode
06:50

The third mode: Phrygian.

The Phrygian Mode
04:03

Mode number 4, and my personal favorite, is Lydian.

The Lydian Mode
02:39

The fifth mode: Mixolydian.

The Mixolydian Mode
04:32

The 6th mode: Aeolian. 

The Aeolian Mode
02:13

The 7th (and weirdest) mode: Locrian.

The Locrian Mode
05:15

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

Preview 00:04
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Using Modes
7 Lectures 27:54

While modes are older than most musical concepts, composers have been using them again in pop songs, modern orchestra and chamber music, and even TV shows again.

Preview 02:50

If you've ever watched The Simpsons, you might have noticed that the theme song as something a little quirky to it. 

Preview 10:22

Here is the sheet music I used in the previous analysis.

[DOWNLOAD] The Simpsons (TV Theme Song) Sheet Music
00:03

A beautiful piece of vocal music - using this, we will examine another way to spot modes.

Analysis: Missa Pange Lingua (Choir)
11:08

Here is the sheet music I used in the previous analysis.

[DOWNLOAD] Missa Pange Lingua (Choir) Sheet Music
00:03

Listening to this iconic Beetles song, there is something a little odd in the melody. It is something that makes the song very memorable, and it is a mode.

Analysis: Eleanor Rigby (The Beetles)
03:25

Here is the sheet music I used in the previous analysis.

[DOWNLOAD] Eleanor Rigby (The Beetles) Sheet Music
00:03
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Deeper Into Intervals
10 Lectures 40:19

Melodic and harmonic intervals are the same notes, laid out a little different.

Melodic Vs. Harmonic Intervals
03:28

In this video, a few tricks for spotting intervals quickly.

Using visual landmarks to quickly identify intervals
05:19

A compound interval is any interval larger than an octave.

Compound and Simple Intervals
06:58

A little review here on what we know so far about major, minor, and perfect intervals.

Major/Minor/Perfect Intervals
03:28

Remember inversions? In this video we will talk about the rules around inversions.

Rules for Inversions of Intervals
04:47

Before we get into the new intervals, lets run through everything we know about intervals so far.

Summary of Intervals so far
02:00

Two new interval types: The Augmented and Diminished intervals.

Augmented and Diminished Intervals
06:28

The Tritone is a nasty little interval that we tend to avoid, although it has some useful properties.

The Tritone
05:01

This is a fancy term for saying "it sounds the same, but is written differently". 

Enharmonic Equivalence
02:47

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 2
00:03
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Consonance and Dissonance
6 Lectures 28:23

When we start working with counterpoint, these classifications will become important.

Consonance and Dissonance in intervals
08:49

Dissonant intervals are on their way to some place else. A Resolution is where they want to go.

Resolution
09:21

A broad term for intervals without quality.

Interval Classes
02:59

In this video we will look at how to analyze intervals in a piece of music.

Analyzing Intervals
07:08

Here is the sheet music I used in the previous analysis.

[DOWNLOAD] Bach 2 Part Invention No. 8
00:03

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 3
00:03
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Introduction to Counterpoint
9 Lectures 46:36

Simply put: Counterpoint is connecting notes both melodically and harmonically.

Preview 07:41

Species, in this case, just means "type".

Preview 05:29

Here come the rules! Counterpoint has a lot of rules.

Connecting Melodic Intervals
04:24

And now for some melodic rules.

First Species Counterpoint - Melodic Rules
05:09

Some rules (and techniques) for connecting harmonic intervals.

Connecting Harmonic Intervals
07:37

There are only 4 ways we can connect notes - some are good, some are less good.

The 4 Types of Contrapuntal Motion
09:45

Here is the sheet music I used in the previous analysis.

[DOWNLOAD] Example Analysis Files
00:03

The biggest rule of them all: Creating parallels.

Parallel Fifths and Octaves
06:25

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 4
00:03
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Writing Note-To-Note Counterpoint in Strict Style
5 Lectures 30:53

The best place to start on a counterpoint like this is the first note, and the last 2 notes.

The Beginning and The End
05:40

Once we have our first few notes done, we need to fill in the middle. This takes a little more time.

The Middle
11:33

One of my favorite places to find practice material for this kind of thing.

The Riemenschneider
03:50

In this video I'll walk through all the rules - one by one. 

The Rules: All Wrapped Up
09:47

Here is a worksheet for you to download and use to practice. The answers are at the bottom, so check your work - and make sure you are understanding the concepts so far. 

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 5
00:03
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Thats it for Now!
3 Lectures 03:24

You've come so far in music theory - but there is still more to come!

What Next?
01:54

Thats it for now! 

Thanks and Bye!
00:59

You've come this far... maybe you are willing to keep going?

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List
00:31
About the Instructor
Jason Allen
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J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

J. Anthony Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He is a co-founder and owner of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. Recently, Allen founded Hackademica – an innovative net-label for new music.

J. has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance. Through his academic travels, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards along the way.

If you run into him on the street, he prefers to be addressed as J. (as in, Jay.)