Music Theory Classes

Learn everything from the complete basics to the advanced cocepts of music theory. Music theory is the study of music.
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Music Theory Classes
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (1,047 ratings)
38,807 students
Learn the science behind music
Learn how to read and write music
Learn how chords are structured and how to create our own chords
Learn the purpose of scales and how they are constructed
learn the different types of intervals and scales (major, minor, diminished, etc...)
Ear training
Learn all of the modes and popular scales
Begin ear training and composition

Requirements

  • patience
  • note taking
  • practice
Description

This is a course that will dive into many areas of music theory. This series is for those who want to download or watch my series ad-free. The topics covered by this series include:

  • The science of sound (pitch, frequency, volume, etc...)
  • The musical alphabet
  • Notation
  • Clefs
  • Scales
  • Steps and intervals
  • Triads and extended chords
  • Circle of 5ths
  • Notes and rests
  • Swing and polyrhythm
  • Time signatures
  • Chord progression and harmonizing scales
  • Modes
  • Transposing
  • Transcription
  • acoustics and psychoaoustics
  • Ear training
  • and MORE!!

For musicians and students taking music classes, this course does not require that you play an instrument. We take away the aspect of an instrument and study the core of music using just notes. No need to be an expert piano player or guitarist, all you'll want to have is a little bit of thinking power and maybe a notepad to take some notes (music notes that is :P). If you are a musician, applying this information to your instrument will drastically improve your knowledge and skill level.

Even if you have no musical experience, this course could be for you. With this series, not only will you dive into the basics of music but you will also learn a lot about acoustics, ear training, pitch and frequency, harmonics and overtones, and more. Even if you are not studying to be a musician, this course has content that will help you understand sound as a whole. This means that if you are a computer technician, an audio producer, a commercial designer, a video producer, a studio designer, or anything else dealing with sound, you could benefit from this course!

The course should not take too long to complete, but it is recommended that you stop after each video to take notes and memorize material. For some topics, you might need to practice or rewatch the video a few times to get everything (there is a lot of content in this course). Try to memorize...Memorizing this content will forever impact your musical knowledge and make you enjoy music that much more!

Who this course is for:
  • People in a music theory course
  • People who are new to music
  • beginner musicians
  • intermediate musicians
  • expert musicians who need to learn more theory
Course content
17 sections • 179 lectures • 17h 2m total length
  • INTRODUCTION: What is Music Theory?
    06:25
  • What is Sound?
    05:10
  • Frequency
    02:20
  • Pitch
    05:42
  • Relatiive vs Absolute Pitch (Perfect Pitch)
    03:42
  • The Musical Alphabet
    04:40
  • Time
    04:19
  • Harmony and Melody
    03:20
  • Introduction to Musical Notation
    06:58
  • Helmholtz Pitch Notation
    06:28
  • Scientific Pitch Notation
    05:37
  • Staffs and Ledger Lines
    06:02
  • Treble Clef
    03:35
  • Bass Clef
    04:02
  • Grand Staff
    03:46
  • Memorizing Bass and Treble Clef
    05:34
  • Accidentals
    08:27
  • Writing Accidentals on a staff Properly
    06:50
  • Scale Degrees
    06:36
  • Interval Sizes by Scale Degree
    09:34
  • How to Calculate Interval Sizes by using a staff (easy)
    02:43
  • Compound Intervals
    05:01
  • Adding Intervals
    04:15
  • Half Steps and Whole Steps
    06:15
  • Perfect and Major Intervals
    08:42
  • Minor Intervals
    05:31
  • Diminished Intervals
    03:35
  • Augmented Intervals
    05:53
  • Intervals Review!
    08:43
  • Mod 12 System
    06:08
  • Intervals on the staff, Figuring out Intervals (like a boss!)
    08:40
  • Flipping the Interval
    07:07
  • How to play any Major Scale
    07:37
  • How to figure out Intervals and Scales without memorizing
    04:03
  • Playing in the Scale
    05:47
  • Natural Minor Scale
    03:42
  • Harmonic Minor Scale
    05:32
  • Melodic Minor Scale
    06:10
  • Introduction to Triads!
    06:30
  • Major Triads
    04:59
  • How to play Minor Triads
    04:01
  • How to Play Diminished Triads
    04:23
  • How to play Augmented Triads
    03:12
  • Writing Triads on a Staff
    06:34
  • How to Read Triads on a Staff
    05:16
  • How to Play Major 7th Chords
    06:13
  • How to Play Dominant 7th Chords
    06:02
  • How to Play Minor 7th Chords
    03:42
  • How to Play Half Diminished 7th Chords
    03:18
  • How to Play Fully Diminished 7th Chords
    05:48
  • How to Play Every Triad and 7th Chord!
    04:34
  • Practice with 7th Chords!
    03:44
  • Different Ways to Play Chords
    03:12
  • Chord Notation
    05:30
  • 4/4 Common Time Signature
    04:49
  • Introduction to Key Signatures
    09:28
  • Introduction to the Circle of 5ths Part 1
    07:46
  • Introduction to the Circle of 5ths Part 2
    07:03
  • Circle of Fifths
    05:22
  • Creating Scales using the Circle of 5ths!
    03:03
  • How to Recreate the Circle of 5ths from Memory
    04:03
  • Minor Scales on the Circle of Fifths
    03:33
  • How to Find Relative Minor Scales
    03:49
  • Chromatic Scale and Whole Tone Scale
    04:24
  • Tempo and BPM (Beats Per Minute)
    04:52
  • How to Draw Notes
    03:41
  • Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th, 16th and 32nd Notes
    04:42
  • Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th, 16 and 32nd Rests
    03:54
  • How to Count 8ths and 16ths!
    06:55
  • Subdivision
    09:21
  • Musical Fractions and Inserting Barlines
    06:46
  • Dotted Notes
    06:12
  • Double Dotted Notes
    05:50
  • Ties and Slurs
    05:10
  • Introduction to Tuplets
    05:54
  • Triplets! How to Read and Play Them
    11:46
  • Understanding Swing
    05:50
  • Polyrhythm
    04:44
  • Time Signatures
    10:51
  • Cut Time Break Down
    06:26
  • Compound Time Signatures
    06:28
  • Twos and Fours in Compound Time
    05:29
  • Asymmetric Time Signatures
    09:51
  • Tempo Terms
    03:24
  • Dynamic Markings, Forte, Piano, etc
    05:44
  • Crescendos and Decrescendos
    07:34
  • Important Tempo Terms
    03:29
  • More Important Terms
    03:18
  • Music Structure (Dai Segno and Da Capo)
    09:20
  • Repeats
    05:23
  • Scale Degrees and Chord Progression
    11:25
  • Chord Progression in Major Scales
    12:23
  • Nashville Numbering System
    02:22
  • 7th Chord Progression
    10:14
  • Transposing Chord Progression
    07:50
  • Transposing Melody by Scale Degree
    07:07
  • Transposing by Steps
    03:04
  • Transposing by Interval Between Notes
    06:28

Instructor
Educator, YouTube Partner.
Caleb Curry
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 7,715 Reviews
  • 210,377 Students
  • 9 Courses

Hi! I'm Caleb. I have created over 1,500 tutorials on data, software development, cryptocurrency, etc. I believe that the way I teach is what matters. I don’t flash big words without explaining them and I don’t assume knowledge.

I keep it simple

My goal is to simplify complex problems for anyone to understand. I'm not your typical "teachers who can create an entire course without actually explaining anything.

I keep it detailed

I also like to be thorough. If you watch my content and don’t leave with a new understanding, then I am not doing my job.


I keep it fun

My primary goal is not to put you to sleep as I read an encyclopedia from slides (I prefer dictionaries). Actually, I kinda hate Powerpoint. My unique approach has caused my videos to be watched 91 years (that’s 800K hours of watchtime on YouTube alone).


I am now a tech trainer with this resume:

170k+ YouTube subscribers

180k+ Udemy students

Ex-IBMer and Ex-Software Engineer

O’reilly Live trainer and course author

International speaker on data and Software Development

10 years of coding experience


I love teaching, and I’m beyond excited to have you join me in the learning process.

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June 4th, 2012.  I decided to take my skill set to the next level and learn how to professionally program databases as well as websites.  After just graduating my Junior year of high school, I did not have a typical summer vacation.  Rather, I studied daily and prepared for this new goal of mine.  By July 23rd, I uploaded my first class in this new mindset of determination.  Since then, I have created over 1,500 educational classes over database Design, programming, web development, and more.