Have fun learning music basics! No-Anxiety Music Theory.

Learn to understand the elements of music theory and how they fuse, unite and partner to become the music we love.
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  • Lectures 40
  • Contents Video: 5.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

If you would like to be able to look at sheet music without feeling intimidated, understand how guitar chords work, learn your choral music more quickly, this course will help you. This course is a detailed primer in music basics. Taught by Bill Neely, who developed the Udemy course, Adventures in Classical Music, a comprehensive history of classical music.

Beginning with a short history of Rock and Roll, this course first identifies the component elements of music—rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, tempo, dynamics, and form. Then, it goes on to show how those elements come together to create music—any music whether a pop song or a classical symphony.

What are the requirements?

  • I don't use a textbook for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Section 1 includes a short history of Rock and Roll and relates these component elements to the styles that make up rock and roll and its predecessors.
  • In 25 lectures, you will learn the component parts of music—rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, form, etc.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for the beginner, although many students with some training have reported that they too have benefitted from the class.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: The Elements of Music: Introduction
02:35

Learn music basics: Look at sheet music without feeling intimidated, know how to read music, improve your choral comprehension, understand how guitar chords work...

09:33

Part 1 of 3: a brief history of Rock and Roll, presented to illustrate how key elements of music contribute to the song's musical language and overall style.

07:42

Part 2 of 3: a brief history of Rock and Roll, presented to illustrate how key elements of music contribute to the song's musical language and overall style.

09:59

Part 3 of 3: a brief history of Rock and Roll, presented to illustrate how key elements of music contribute to the song's musical language and overall style.

Section 2: The Elements of Music: Rhythm, Meter and Melody
10:06

Part 1 of 2: The first of the musical elements to be discussed is rhythm. What is rhythm?

07:23

Part 2 of 2: The first of the musical elements to be discussed is rhythm. What is rhythm?

10:57

What is meter and how is it related to rhythm? Simple meter is discussed first.

05:52

Continuing our discussion of meter: compound meter

06:57

Part 1 of 2: Additive meter and miscellaneous rhythmic devices.

06:21

Part 2 of 3: Additive meter and miscellaneous rhythmic devices.

07:00

Part 3 of 3: Additive meter and miscellaneous rhythmic devices.

05:59

Part 1 of 2: What makes up a melody?

06:00

Part 2 of 2: What makes up a melody?

06:55

Part 1 of 2: Preliminaries on how music is notated.

06:43

Part 2 of 2: Preliminaries on how music is notated.

Section 3: The Elements of Music: Melodic structure; Harmony and Texture
06:31

Part 1 of 2. There is a structure to every melody. Here we look at melodic structure in greater depth.

06:08

Part 2 of 2. There is a structure to every melody. Here we look at melodic structure in greater depth.

05:43

Part 1 of 2. Here we look at how harmony and melodic phrases work together.

06:09

Part 2 of 2. Here we look at how harmony and melodic phrases work together.

06:56

Part 1 of 2. What is functional harmony and how does it relate to phrase structure?

08:55

Part 2 of 2. What is functional harmony and how does it relate to phrase structure?

02:48

What is Texture?

09:04

Part 1 of 2. How the idea of “texture” applies to music.

05:23

Part 2 of 2. How the idea of “texture” applies to music.

Section 4: Musical Timbre
4.1 Timbre and the human voice
10:09
14:15

in which we explore the colors of the orchestral instruments.

19:26

Composer Benjamin Britten wrote a set of orchestral variations on a theme written by Henry Purcell, in which he highlights the instruments of the orchestra.

05:53

Part 1 of 2. How music can be structured.

08:22

Part 2 of 2. How music can be structured.

09:37

Part 1 of 2. Musical devices used in constructing a musical form.

05:31

Part 2 of 2. Musical devices used in constructing a musical form.

5.3 Bringing all the elements together
09:54
5.4 Ravel’s Bolero
16:09
Section 5: Reading Music
09:41

An in-depth look at how pitch is notated.

10:10

Part 1 of 2. accidentals and key signatures made easy

05:30

Part 2 of 2. accidentals and key signatures made easy

08:55

How the lengths of notes are notated.

08:27

Part 1 of 2. Synthesis of the elements to create the music we love.

07:05

Part 2 of 2. Synthesis of the elements to create the music we love.

Section 6: In Conclusion
04:14

What have we learned?

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Instructor Biography

William Neely, Instructor / Developer, Adventures in Classical Music

In addition to teaching Adventures in Classical Music at Santa Rosa Junior College and @ Udemy, Bill has also taught this course on the Skillfeed and LearnSocial platforms. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and has lived in San Francisco, California since 1977. He attended University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he got his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, with a minor in Music History and Conducting. After that, he went to University of Colorado in Boulder, where he got a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance. He has been on the faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College since 2000, where he began to develop this music appreciation course for online delivery. Prior to Santa Rosa Junior College, he had taught at Napa Valley College.

In his other life, he is a classical singer in the San Francisco Bay Area, enjoying performing in many operas, musicals and choral concerts. He has sung in the chorus with San Francisco Opera in 11 productions. As a soloist, some of his favorite solo performances have been the title roles of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, and Leigh/Wasserman's Man of La Mancha as well as Baron Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca, Count Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Voltaire/Pangloss in Bernstein's Candide and most recently, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.

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