Music Theory For Beginners

Arm yourself with the right foundation to pursue your musical dreams
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (583 ratings)
16,564 students
Music Theory For Beginners
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (583 ratings)
16,564 students
After this course, students will be able to read most music scores
Students will gain an understanding of rhythm, tempo, notes, pitch and other common score elements

Requirements

  • Nothing, but the ability to read and understand English
Description

This course aims to equip beginners in music with the skill to read music and to understand music better. You will be introduced to the various elements on the music score, and we will guide you to learn all the basic theory topics, step by step. You do not have to know anything to take this course, except an interest in music theory!

We will be providing detailed video lessons with numerous practical examples for you to apply your new found knowledge in. This course can will take about a week to complete, and by the end of this course, you will be able to translate the symbols on a music score, into music on your instrument.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners in music who would like to learn how to read music
  • People who want to get back into music
Course content
3 sections • 13 lectures • 54m total length
  • Rhythm Part 1
    04:22
  • Rhythm Part 2
    06:43
  • Lines and Dividers
    04:56
  • Time Signature
    07:24
  • Review
    02:20
  • Notes on the Keyboard
    05:54
  • The Treble Clef
    05:29
  • The Bass Clef and The Grand Staff
    05:04
  • Accidentals, Middle C, and Odd Notes
    06:37
  • Final Review
    04:26
  • Thank You
    00:29
  • Course Resources
    00:07
  • Bonus Material
    00:22

Instructor
Principal Theory Teacher at Liberty Park Music
Nicole DiPaolo
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 583 Reviews
  • 16,564 Students
  • 1 Course

Nicole Elyse DiPaolo, currently the principal theory teacher at Liberty Park Music, is a versatile composer, pianist, and scholar originally hailing from the Detroit area. Currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at Indiana University, she recently completed a doctoral minor in composition, having studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider. She also holds a B.Mus. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, where she studied composition with Bright Sheng and piano with Louis Nagel and Michele Cooker.

As a music theorist, Nicole has published articles on Beethoven, Giovanni Sgambati and Giuseppe Martucci, and she has presented at numerous conferences in the US and internationally. Her other research interests include music theory pedagogy; music perception and cognition; form and phrase structure; and schema theory. Nicole also taught as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University for five years, covering the entire undergraduate core curriculum in both written theory and aural skills along with graduate review aural skills.