Music Theory For Beginners

Arm yourself with the right foundation to pursue your musical dreams
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (742 ratings)
21,387 students
53min of on-demand video
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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


  • Nothing, but the ability to read and understand English


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


Principal Theory Teacher at Liberty Park Music
Nicole DiPaolo
  • 4.3 Instructor Rating
  • 742 Reviews
  • 21,387 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.

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