Music Theory Comprehensive Complete! (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
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
- The White Keys
- The Black Keys (not the band!)
- Half-Steps and Whole-Steps
- Naming Octaves
- Identifying Notes on the Staff
- Identifying Notes on the Keyboard
- Beat and Beat Divisions
- Downbeats and Upbeats
- Dotted Rhythms
- Time Signatures
- Form in Music Notation
- Chromatic and Diatonic scales
- Ordered Pitch Class Collections
- The pattern of a Major Scale
- Scale Degrees
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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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 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 classes 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
The White Keys
The Black Keys (not the band!)
Half-Steps and Whole-Steps
Identifying Notes on the Staff
Identifying Notes on the Keyboard
Beat and Beat Divisions
Downbeats and Upbeats
Form in Music Notation
Chromatic and Diatonic scales
Ordered Pitch Class Collections
The pattern of a Major Scale
Writing melodies with major scales
What it means to be "in key"
How to identify key signatures
Popular song analysis
Building triads (chords)
Diatonic chord progressions
Roman numeral analysis
Finding chords by formula
The thirds inside of a chord
Finding fifths by finding thirds
Chords on the guitar
Full Analysis: Canon in D (Pachabel)
Full Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach)
Major 7th Chords
Minor 7th Chords
Dominant 7th Chords
Using the Circle of Fifths for Songwriting and Composition
Borrowing from Closely Related Keys
Scale Degree Names
Compound Meter Signatures
Reading and Writing Compound Meters
Triplets, duplets, 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 on 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 is 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.
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.
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 complex concepts to get absorbed 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
⇢ "VERY COOL. I've waited for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury
⇢ "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
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.
** J. is the #1 best selling music teacher on Udemy. He is the author of the #1 best selling music theory course on Udemy, "Music Theory Comprehensive" (12 parts), and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians (3 parts), which have been purchased by more than 70,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries.**
** He is a PhD in music, and a best selling music producer. He brings this authenticity to all of his Udemy courses. **
Jason Allen (better known as 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 Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, where he runs the Music, Media, and Management program. He is also an Ableton Live Certified Trainer, co-founder, owner and CEO of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis, the CTO of Ion Concert Media, and sole owner and producer of music education courses under the umbrella of Punkademic Courses. 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 bachelor's 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.)