Music Theory Comprehensive Complete! (Levels 1, 2, & 3)
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Music Theory Comprehensive Complete! (Levels 1, 2, & 3)

A Complete College-Level Music Theory Curriculum. This edition of the course includes levels 1, 2, & 3.
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Created by Jason Allen
Last updated 4/2020
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  • 12 hours on-demand video
  • 33 articles
  • 34 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Read Music Using Proven Techniques
  • Understand All the Symbols (Not Only the Notes) of a Music Score
  • Read, Play, and Count Rhythms Accurately
  • The elements of the Score
  • Pitch Names
  • Pitch Classes
  • Octaves
  • The White Keys
  • The Black Keys (not the band!)
  • Half-Steps and Whole-Steps
  • Clefs
  • Intervals
  • Naming Octaves
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Identifying Notes on the Keyboard
  • Beat and Beat Divisions
  • Tempo
  • Downbeats and Upbeats
  • Dotted Rhythms
  • Time Signatures
  • Ties
  • Accidentals
  • Form in Music Notation
  • Chromatic and Diatonic scales
  • Ordered Pitch Class Collections
  • The pattern of a Major Scale
  • Scale Degrees
  • Solfege
  • Writing melodies with major scales
  • Analyzing melodies
  • What it means to be "in key"
  • Key signatures
  • How to identify key signatures
  • Popular song analysis
  • Building triads (chords)
  • Diatonic chord progressions
  • Roman numeral analysis
  • Inversions
  • Finding chords by formula
  • The thirds inside of a chord
  • Finding fifths by finding thirds
  • Diminished triads
  • Augmented triads
  • Chords on the guitar
  • Full Analysis: Canon in D (Pachabel)
  • Full Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach)
  • 7th Chords
  • Major 7th Chords
  • Minor 7th Chords
  • Dominant 7th Chords
  • Tendency Chords
  • Using the Circle of Fifths for Songwriting and Composition
  • Borrowing from Closely Related Keys
  • Scale Degree Names
  • Tendency Tones
  • Compound Meters
  • Compound Meter Signatures
  • Reading and Writing Compound Meters
  • Triplets, dubplets, and Quadruplets
  • Finding Minor keys by alternations to Major
  • Patterns in Minor keys
  • Relative Minor keys
  • Parallel Minor keys
  • Minor keys in the Circle of Fifths
  • Using Minor Keys for Songwriting and Composition
  • Diatonic Chord Progressions in Minor
  • The V Chord and Minor and the Leading Tone Problem
  • Harmonic Minor Scales
  • Melodic Minor Scales
Requirements
  • Students should be enthusiastic about music, but do not need to be producers or musicians. No prior experience is needed in music - All are welcome!
  • I'll be using a piece of software in this course that I would like students to get. Don't worry - it's free! And works on Mac and PC programs. I'll tell you more in the first few videos.
Description

** UDEMY BEST SELLER **

Welcome to the COMPLETE Music Theory Guide!

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take music theory (or music interest) and turn it into a usable skill. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.

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.

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. If you've tried to learn music theory before, or if you are just starting out - this series of courses is the perfect fit.

Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated Udemy instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

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

This Edition of the class is the "Complete" Edition: It contains levels 1, 2, & 3 in their entirety. 

Included in this course: 

  • 151 Video lectures, following my college Music Theory Curriculum. 

  • 28 Downloadable worksheets for practice (with answers!)

  • Access through discounts to my entire network for music classes

  • Membership to the class theory-learner community


Because this is three class combined into one, going through every topic we cover in this class would make for a very, very long list. Here is just a hint of all the topics we cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory

  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently

  • Music software: Notation programs

  • The elements of the Score

  • Pitch Names

  • Pitch Classes

  • Octaves

  • The White Keys

  • The Black Keys (not the band!)

  • Half-Steps and Whole-Steps

  • Clefs

  • Intervals

  • Naming Octaves

  • Identifying Notes on the Staff

  • Identifying Notes on the Keyboard

  • Beat and Beat Divisions

  • Tempo

  • Downbeats and Upbeats

  • Dotted Rhythms

  • Time Signatures

  • Ties

  • Accidentals

  • Form in Music Notation

  • Chromatic and Diatonic scales

  • Ordered Pitch Class Collections

  • The pattern of a Major Scale

  • Scale Degrees

  • Solfege

  • Writing melodies with major scales

  • Analyzing melodies

  • What it means to be "in key"

  • Key signatures

  • How to identify key signatures

  • Popular song analysis

  • Building triads (chords)

  • Diatonic chord progressions

  • Roman numeral analysis

  • Inversions

  • Finding chords by formula

  • The thirds inside of a chord

  • Finding fifths by finding thirds

  • Diminished triads

  • Augmented triads

  • Chords on the guitar

  • Full Analysis: Canon in D (Pachabel)

  • Full Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach)

  • 7th Chords

  • Major 7th Chords

  • Minor 7th Chords

  • Dominant 7th Chords

  • Tendency Chords

  • Using the Circle of Fifths for Songwriting and Composition

  • Borrowing from Closely Related Keys

  • Scale Degree Names

  • Tendency Tones

  • Compound Meters

  • Compound Meter Signatures

  • Reading and Writing Compound Meters

  • Triplets, dubplets, and Quadruplets

  • Finding Minor keys by alternations to Major

  • Patterns in Minor keys

  • Relative Minor keys

  • Parallel Minor keys

  • Minor keys in the Circle of Fifths

  • Using Minor Keys for Songwriting and Composition

  • Diatonic Chord Progressions in Minor

  • The V Chord and Minor and the Leading Tone Problem

  • Harmonic Minor Scales

  • Melodic Minor Scales

  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for this class, 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. 

All the tools you need to successfully learn Music Theory are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.

Please click the "Take This Course" button so you can launch your music career today.


Test Prep: 

This course is perfect for prep for the Praxis II Test (ETS Praxis Music), The ABRSM Music Theory Exam (up to Grade 8), AP Music Theory Exam, College Placement Exams (Music Theory), and other common secondary and post-secondary placement exams.


** I guarantee that this course is the most thorough music theory course available ANYWHERE on the market - or your money back (30 day money back guarantee) **

Closed captions have been added to all lessons in this course.
Captions are also included in Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.

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Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

⇢  "It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows the complex concepts to get obsorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

⇢  "Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

⇢  "Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

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  "I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

⇢  "The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

⇢  "Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith

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Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts to all future classes in the series. 

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone in any country, and any age, who is ready to start learning music in a fun, casual, and informative way.
  • This course is designed for students who have either never tried to learn music theory before, or tried and couldn't come grasp the concepts.
  • This is a course for students who want to understand everything about music theory, for the ground up.
Course content
Expand all 155 lectures 12:16:37
+ Getting Started
7 lectures 23:16

Welcome to the class! In this lecture we will do a quick overview of the course.

Preview 04:39

I approach music theory from a composer and songwriters perspective. In this lecture I'll walk you through how I think about Music Theory and how I approach teaching (and learning) it.

Preview 06:45

I'm going to teach this class using a really cool (and FREE) software program. You don't need to get it, but I think it will help you learn more, and learn faster.

Preview 06:10
Update! MuseScore 3.0
00:32

Here is the download I talked about in the previous lecture. Some nice clean staff paper. Print out a few sheets for taking notes!

Preview 00:06

There are a lot of music notation software programs (well, only 3, actually). And they can be quite expensive. I'm recommending a free one, but the others are worth talking about quickly before we dive in to the real guts of the class.

About Notation Software Programs
03:45
Asking Questions
01:19
+ All The Little Dots
5 lectures 29:59

To get started, I want to just walk through a score and point out the different elements that we are seeing. We will learn what all of these mean soon.

Preview 06:04

Here we go: The names of the pitches.

Pitch Names
09:33

We have pitch names, which we just learned. We also have pitch classes - slightly different (but important) than pitch names.

Pitch Classes
04:50

A lot of music theory comes down to intervals - the distance between notes. Our first interval that we will learn is the Octave.

Octaves
09:28

Here is a downloadable PDF worksheet for you to practice on. Page 2 of this worksheet has the answers on it so you can check your work. Practice, practice, practice!

Preview 00:04
+ The Keyboard Layout
6 lectures 21:08

We won't be learning how to play the piano in this class. But the piano is useful to us because it gives us a really nice visual of the notes.

Why We Use a Keyboard
02:12

We've learned the names of the notes, so next lets learn how to find them on the keyboard.

The White Keys
05:40

The black keys present a little bit of a problem. They have 2 different names, and this can be confusing. But hold tight - it will all make sense after this video.

The Black Keys (Not the band...)
06:50

We've learned about Octaves - our first interval. Now we need to learn 2 more intervals, and these are much smaller than an octave.

Half-Steps and Whole-Steps
03:10

Up next: A little recap. We need to connect a few dots to make sense of how this all works together.

A Little Review of What We've Learned So Far
03:12

Here is a downloadable PDF worksheet for you to practice on. Page 2 of this worksheet has the answers on it so you can check your work. Practice, practice, practice!

Worksheet No. 2 (DOWNLOAD)
00:04
+ Pitch Notation on the Staff
7 lectures 31:00

Lets go a little deeper on how the staff works, and how we read notes from it.

Preview 03:00

A new wrinkle! The Clef can show us what range of notes we are talking about. There are many clefs, and everything changes if we are on a different clef.

Clefs
10:37

Lets focus just on the treble clef for now, and get back to what we already know.

Treble Clef Refresher
02:13

Now that we can see notes on the staff, we should try to get comfortable naming the notes and the intervals.

Naming Notes and Intervals
04:43

Sometimes we use numbers to indicate the octave, like C3, C4, C5, etc. You might see these numbers so I want you to know what they mean.

Octave Names
03:45

Before we go into the next worksheet, let's talk about the Natural symbol.

UPDATE: Naturals
06:38

Here is a downloadable PDF worksheet for you to practice on. Page 2 of this worksheet has the answers on it so you can check your work. Practice, practice, practice!

Worksheet No. 3 (DOWNLOAD)
00:04
+ Notating time on a Musical Staff
9 lectures 49:17

In order to notate rhythms, we need to be able to quantify them by their relationship to each other.

Rhythmic Subdivisions
15:13
Download: A helpful PDF
00:09

We can add a dot to any rhythm (or rest) to elongate it.

Dots
03:26

What about a rhythm that indicates a certain amount of silence? That is called a rest, and there is one for every rhythmic symbol.

Rests
08:08

So far we have looked mostly only at the time signature of 4/4. But there are many others, and things work a little differently in each one.

Time Signatures
05:21

So far we have a whole note (4 beats long) as the longest possible rhythmic symbol. But we can make longer symbols by connecting a few together using ties.

Ties
03:48
UPDATE! Triplets
08:05

A brief side note: I've been giving you a lot of terms in this class that are specific to the way we talk about music in the United States. In this lecture I'll talk a bit about some things you should know if you are outside of the U.S.

Languages
05:03

Here is a downloadable PDF worksheet for you to practice on. Page 2 of this worksheet has the answers on it so you can check your work. Practice, practice, practice!

Worksheet No. 5 (DOWNLOAD)
00:04
+ Score Symbols and Conventions
4 lectures 33:24

So far we have talked about notes on the score, and rhythms on the score. What about volume? We call volume "Dynamics" and this is how we notate them.

Preview 12:20

There is a little more to accidentals that we haven't learned yet. Lets tie up some loose ends about accidentals in this video.

Accidental Behavior and Naturals
10:17

Form is the order of events in music. It is also notated on the score using repeats, DS sections, and other tricks.

Form
10:43

Here is a downloadable PDF worksheet for you to practice on. Page 2 of this worksheet has the answers on it so you can check your work. Practice, practice, practice!

Worksheet No. 6 (DOWNLOAD)
00:04
+ Putting it All Together
4 lectures 16:51

There is a secret website that publishes thousands and thousands of scores that we can download and practice with. 

Places to Find Scores Online
04:07
Update: Key Signatures
04:37

Here are my tips for practicing!

Tips for Practicing Notes and Rhythms
08:05

Here are a bunch of files for you to practice with. This is actually a complete book of (fairly) simple music compositions to practice with.

A Bunch of Practice Music! (DOWNLOAD)
00:02
+ Part 1: Wrap Up
1 lecture 02:00

Thats it for part 1! We've only scratched the surface!

Thanks & Bye! (For now!)
02:00
+ Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 2 - Chords, Scales, & Keys - Introduction
3 lectures 10:27

Welcome to the class! Here is a quick overview of what we will cover, and a little previous of what is to come!

Preview 04:50

I'm going to be using a program to show (and playback) notes throughout this class, and I think you should too. Its a free program, and can really help you learn.

Tools we will use in this course
05:35

You also can't go wrong with some good old-fashioned staff paper.

DOWNLOAD: Staff Paper
00:02
+ Chromatic & Diatonic Scales
4 lectures 15:32

Scales are the basic building blocks for musical keys and chords.

What are scales, and why do we care?
03:05

Two important words that we need to learn ASAP: Chromatic and Diatonic.

Definitions: Chromatic and Diatonic
04:32

"Ordered Pitch Class Collections" is sort of a fancy term for a scale, but its important to know.

Ordered Pitch Class Collections
04:40

Chromatic scales can be both the most easy to understand and the most complicated.

Chromatic Scales
03:15