Reading Music: Intervals
What you'll learn
- Learn to identify intervals on the keyboard
- Learn to identify intervals on the staff
- Learn to identify intervals by sound
- Learn fingerings for intervals on the keyboard
- You will need a basic knowledge of letter names of the piano keys and the notes on the staff (or have taken my course "Reading Music - Notes on the Staff and Keyboard")
- A piano keyboard (virtual or real) is helpful but not required.
So few musicians have a comprehensive knowledge of intervals, even though intervals are one of the most important elements of music.
Intervals make up chords. Intervals make up melodies. Because of this fact, a musician’s ability to read music, play music, or write music, will greatly depend upon their ability to quickly and accurately identify intervals.
The goal of this course is to make you proficient at interval identification, whether it be on the keyboard, on the staff, or by ear.
The course is divided into 4 sections:
In part 1 you will learn multiple methods for identifying intervals on the keyboard. Choose the method that works best for you.
In part 2 you will learn multiple methods for identifying intervals on the staff. Choose the method that works best for you.
In part 3 you will learn to identify intervals by sound. In this section you will have access to custom made ear training drills.
In part 4 you will learn the fingerings used for all intervals on the piano keyboard.
(This course is part of a series of courses that teach both the theoretical and practical aspects of music.)
Mr. Peters is an award-winning composer. He is author of multiple academic books on music and a best selling Udemy instructor with tens of thousands of students in over 100 countries.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to learn musical intervals on the keyboard and on the staff
- Anyone who wants to be able to identify intervals by ear
- Anyone who wants to learn fingerings for intervals on the piano keyboard
- Anyone who wants to improve their ability to read, play and write music
Jonathan Peters is an award-winning composer currently residing in the beautiful state of Colorado. Since 1990 he has worked as a composer, conductor, arranger, recording artist, educator and author. He holds a B.A. in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College and continued his graduate work towards a M.M. in music composition at California State University Northridge, which included areas of study in advanced composition, theory, orchestration, and film scoring.
Peters’ music has been featured multiple times on NPR’s Peabody award-winning show Performance Today. His works have been performed by orchestras throughout the United States, and have also been performed internationally. He has won multiple awards and recognitions, such as 1st place in the 1996 Composers Today Contest. His 50 plus works include 2 full length operas, a symphony, orchestral works, chamber music, choral pieces, and works for solo piano.
Mr. Peters is the author of the Scholastic Music Series, a collection of educational CDs that use music as a tool to teach various academic subjects. His CD, The Constellations - A Guide to the Orchestra, received the highest starred review from School Library Journal and is carried in libraries throughout the country.
He is also the author of nine books, including six academic books on music and three children’s books with downloadable music. Besides teaching piano privately, he also gives on-line instruction in music theory, music composition, four-part writing, counterpoint, and orchestration. His on-line courses have been taken by tens of thousands of students from over a hundred countries.