Beginning Music Theory - Hands-On Approach
What you'll learn
- By the end of the course, the student should be able to write, read and play simple melodies and understand basic rhythm principles.
- Computer, printer, piano (optional).
Have you ever wanted to understand the jargon of music? Or have you wished to understand the music that you are playing in the deeper and more meaningful way?
This beginning music theory course, built to provide step by step information in a logical and systematical way, will help you do just that. Unlike many others, this is hands-on course that will cover the following topics:
- The Staff & Clef Signs
- Note Values & Their Rests
- The Measure & Time Signatures
- Ledger Lines
- Repeat Signs & 1st and 2nd Endings
- The Tie & the Slur
- Flats, Sharps & Accidentals
The course is divided in 11 short videos, each lesson being accompanied by an outline and a worksheet. An answer worksheet is also provided. By the time you print all the documents, you will have a nice booklet with all the information that you can always refer back to and hands-on assignments that are invaluable since they help solidify the concepts learned in the video. The student should answer the question in the worksheet and check his/her work with the answer sheet. I highly recommend that the student does not skip the assignment sheets.
Music theory is very important for a musician; it gives the student a better understanding of the music he/she performs and it is a structural platform for improvisation, composition, transposition, sight-reading, etc. Music theory is the grammar of the musical language and we need to know it in order to speak the language of music correctly. It helps us understand how music fits together and why it sounds the way it does. For a person desiring to become a musician, music theory is a must.
I am looking forward to help you in any way I can. I have been a professional piano teacher for over 25 years and played the piano in many concerts, recitals, accompanying and conducting choirs over the year. I have written many pieces for choir and small ensemble and orchestrated and recorded many CDs. I will do my outmost to help you understand the topics in this course. Just ask if you need any help!
Enroll today and be on your way of becoming an accomplished musician! Learn music theory online! Thank you for taking my course.
Who this course is for:
- This course is designed for 12 year old students and up. Keep in mind that this is a beginning course, for those that do not have any knowledge of music theory, but it is helpful if the student has a piano and a recognition of the name of the piano keys. Reading, writing and basic math abilities are crucial.
- Teachers also are encouraged to use this course in their music instruction. Homework and outlines are already planned and available for download.
I was born in Bucharest, Romania, where I began studying music at the age of 5 years. My grandfather introduced me to the piano and my parents encouraged me to sing. All my life I have been surrounded by music. I attended Music Kindergarden, Music Elementary School and Music High School. After I graduated High School I entered the Music Conservatory in Bucharest in the Music Composition class. I studied there 2 years, after which my family and I moved to the United States.
In 1987 I was admitted to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and after 2 1/2 years graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition. Presently, I work as a piano teacher, composer, and pianist.
I have taught private piano lessons for over 25 years and voice lessons for the past 4 years. Along with piano I also teach basic and advanced music theory. I’ve accompanied many church choirs, conducted and trained adult and children choirs over the years. I’ve also had many public performances and concerts as a piano soloist and as the choir conductor. I record piano and orchestral accompaniments for different group singers and individuals. I regularly write and print music using Sibelius 7.0 software and record music on a Yamaha Clavinova CVP-703. I’ve recorded 13 personal CD’s and have been running Mihaela Williams Music as a home business for the past 20 years.
George Enescu Music Elementary School in Romania
George Enescu Music High School in Romania
Music Conservatory in Bucharest Romania 1984-1986
University of Southern California –Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition 1986-1989