The Complete Introduction To Music Theory Course
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The Complete Introduction To Music Theory Course

Intervals, Scales, And Chords From The Ground Up
4.6 (274 ratings)
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Last updated 10/2016
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Identify and create major and minor scales.
  • Identify and create major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords.
  • Understand the Circle Of Fifths, and it's relationship with keys and scales.
  • Identify and create intervals and their inversions.
  • Identify and create diatonic chords.
  • Create chord inversions.
  • Identify scale degrees.
  • And more!
Requirements
  • Students must know how to read music on the treble clef before taking this course, in particular pitches.
  • In a perfect world, students should have access to a keyboard, piano, or keyboard app on their computer or phone. It is possible to use another instrument for reference, but a keyboard (even a phone app keyboard) is preferable because all the notes on a keyboard are laid out sequentially.
  • Students should know that "enharmonic" refers to notes, keys , or scales that sound the same but are written different. For instance, C# and Db notes sound the same. They are referred to by different names based on key.
  • Students should know that a "half step" is the distance between one note and the very next adjacent note. The distance between an "A" and an "A#" is one half step. A "whole step" is equal to two half steps.
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Hi, My name is Joe Parys and Together working with Matt Carano of The Music Class, we will take your music theory knowledge and understanding to a whole new level though a series of video tutorial lectures and quizzes. In this course you will learn to:

  • Identify and create major and minor scales.
  • Identify and create major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords.
  • Understand the Circle Of Fifths, and it's relationship with keys and scales.
  • Identify and create intervals and their inversions.
  • Identify and create diatonic chords.
  • Create chord inversions.
  • Identify scale degrees.
  • And more!

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Being a musician is more than just playing an instrument or singing. It's about understanding music fundamentals like theory. Knowing theory gives you the ability to understand the music you hear, and communicate the songs in your head. This makes you a better singer, player, and bandmate.

With the right mindset, understanding, and application of the teachings in this course, you will instantly begin to move towards understanding and learning music theory!

When I learn something new about the topics covered in this course, I add it to the course - at no additional cost to you! This is a course that will continue to add value to you as a musician or music lover.

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Who this course is for:
  • Any beginning or intermediate musician who wants to learn music theory will benefit from this course. Students must know how to read music before taking this course.
  • This course will benefit both vocalists and instrumentalists.
  • Students who have zero music knowledge, in particular how to read music should learn that before taking this course.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 01:32:15
+ Module 1 - Scales And Intervals
13 lectures 53:34

Welcome to Intro To Music Theory!  This course is split into two modules.

In Module 1, you’ll learn all about keys, intervals, and scales, and how they relate to each other. Together we’ll build major and minor scales, and learn how to differentiate between the two. At the end of this section, you’ll understand intervals and keys, and how to build both major and minor scales off any note on the keyboard.

In Module 2, you’ll learn how to build major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords, and how music is organized in a vertical way. Chords are great way of introducing the concept of harmony – how notes can be used to support a melody.

To get started, simply move on to the next lesson. Remember, this course moves pretty fast! There's a ton of content packed into each lesson, so make sure to go back and re-watch any video to help you solidify concepts that give you trouble. Use the downloadable lessons and online quizzes to practice, and send a message if you get stuck.

Want to learn music theory? You're already on your way!

Preview 03:25

In case you missed it, download this staff paper to doodle on!

Preview 02:29

The formula for major scales is Whole Whole Half Whole Whole Whole Half. You will given the letter name of a major scale. Choose the answer that shows all the correct notes in that scale. Remember "#" is a sharp sign, "b" is a flat sign, "x" is a double sharp sign, and "bb" is a double flat sign. 

Major Scales Quiz
10 questions

The formula for minor scales is Whole Half Whole Whole Half Whole Whole. You will given the letter name of a minor scale. Choose the answer that shows all the correct notes in that scale. Remember "#" is a sharp sign, "b" is a flat sign, "x" is a double sharp sign, and "bb" is a double flat sig

Minor Scales Quiz
10 questions

Scales are the foundation of music composition, and we just went over two types; major scales and minor scales. There are tons of other scales types out there, but pretty much all of them are based on major and minor, so it’s important to understand them. Now, I don’t expect you to memorize all of them right away. The important thing to do is commit their formulas to memory. That way you can always figure them out when you need to.

Use the downloadable PDF below to practice your scales.

Also, if you get a chance, practice your major and minor scales on your instrument of choice. Scales help you understand your instrument better – where all the buttons, frets, or keys are. The better you can get around your instrument, the better player you’ll become.

And in case you haven't committed it to memory yet:

The major scale formula is: whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half. 

The minor scale formula is: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole.

Practice your major and minor scales so you can play in happy and sad!

Practice Major And Minor Scales
00:45
Key Signatures
07:02

Key signatures are located at the beginning of the piece of music, and indicate which accidentals should be played in the piece. For instance, G major has one sharp (F#), and tells us that every time we see an "F" we should play "F#".

This quiz will ask you questions about topics covered in the previous lesson. Good luck! And remember, please review the material if there's something you don't quite understand, or send us a message if you get stuck.

Key Signature Quiz
10 questions

If the Circle Of Fifths is handy, and downloads are handy, then a Circle Of Fifths Download is twice as handy!

Preview 08:19
Scale Degrees
03:24

Each note in a scale has a special name called a scale degree. Identify their special names.

Scale Degrees Quiz
7 questions
Intervals
03:32

Here’s an Interval Distance Chart to help you get from point A to Point B. Or point Ab to point B# if the mood strikes ya!

Specific Intervals
10:45
Practice Intervals
00:48

This lesson marks the end of Module 1. If you're fuzzy on any aspects of building and identifying intervals and scales, please go back and re-watch the lessons that gave you trouble. 

Attached is a handy little inversion chart in case you need it. And remember, if you get stuck, you can always send us a question!

Interval Inversions
01:54

Answer the questions to the best of your ability. If you need a refresher, all the information you need is in the previous lesson. Good luck!

Interval Inversions Quiz
6 questions
+ Module 2 - Chords
12 lectures 38:41

There’s downloadable blank staff paper coming from everywhere!

Module 2 Intro
02:01
Chord Creation - Major
04:12
Practice Major Chords
00:36
Chord Creation - Minor
03:59
Practice Minor Chords
00:28
Chord Creation - Augmented and Diminished
04:20

Answer the questions to the best of your ability.

Augmented And Diminished Chord Quiz
7 questions
Chord Creation Continued
03:32

Choose the correct answer for each question.

Chord Creation Quiz
5 questions
Chord Inversions
02:28
Practice Chord Inversions
00:25
Diatonic Triads
09:36

Answer each question correctly.

Diatonic Triad Quiz
7 questions
V I
05:47
Conclusion
01:16