Music Theory I: A College Companion Course
What you'll learn
- Master the first semester of college music theory
- Notate different types of rhythms
- Understand functions of notes within the major and minor scales
- Understand diatonic chord functions
- Correctly resolve dominant 7th chords to tonic
- Realize figured bass lines
- Harmonize a precomposed melody
- Know the concepts taught in Music Theory Foundations
- Be able to read music notation
- Have a pdf reader
Music Theory I is designed for any person interested in learning the basics of western music theory and chorale harmonization. It is specifically tailored to students in a college or university setting in the United States, but it is perfect for anyone simply looking to learn, or improve their understanding of, music theory.
What are the lessons like?
Lessons are presented in short, information-dense modules with many quizzes and downloadable worksheets accompanying them. Each video is written and constructed to be as concise as possible so that no time is wasted. Don't be fooled by other courses that have longer hour counts. The lessons are scripted and structured to build on each other making the flow seamless and easy to understand.
Who teaches the course?
Dr. Max Keller is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Andrews University.
Who should take this course?
Anyone who took the previous course, “Music Theory Foundations”
College or university students taking the first year of music theory
Anyone who can read music a little and wants to understand more about music theory
A producer or composer that is looking to improve their craft
Who this course is for:
- This is a college level course. It is meant for students who already know how to read sheet music and understand basic music theory including: treble and bass clefs, intervals, triads, major and minor scales, and key signatures.
- If any of these areas are unknown or are perhaps weak then students are highly encouraged to take my course entitled “Music Theory Foundations” which was created to help absolute beginning students prepare for Music Theory I.
Hi I'm Max Keller, I play the trumpet, compose, and teach music theory and composition at Andrews University. I hold a Doctor of Music in music theory and composition along with a Masters of Arts in Music, and Bachelor of Science in Music. In addition to teaching undergraduate, and graduate courses in music I have experience teaching elementary, middle school, and high school students.
Many instructors waste precious time when teaching. This not only makes students board, but leads them feel as if what they are learning is dull. My lessons are written to be concise and packed with information. If you don't like hearing long pauses, um, uh, or an instructor who repeats themselves over and over as they think of what next to say my courses are perfect for you. With that said, I look forward to helping you learn more about music.