Have fun learning music basics! No-Anxiety Music Theory.
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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.
4.4 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
634 students enrolled
Created by William Neely
Last updated 5/2016
English
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • I don't use a textbook for this 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.

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
05:20:57
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The Elements of Music: Introduction
4 Lectures 29:49

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

Preview 02:35

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.

Preview 09:33

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.

1.22 History of Rock and Roll, part 2 (2 of 3)
07:42

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.

1.23 History of Rock and Roll, part 3 (3 of 3)
09:59
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The Elements of Music: Rhythm, Meter and Melody
11 Lectures 01:20:13

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

1.41 Elements and Rhythm (1 of 2)
10:06

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

1.42 Elements and Rhythm (2 of 2)
07:23

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

2.1 Rhythm, part 2
10:57

Continuing our discussion of meter: compound meter

2.2 Compound Meter
05:52

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

2.31 Additive meter and misc (1 of 3)
06:57

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

2.32 Additive meter and misc (2 of 3)
06:21

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

2.33 Additive meter and misc (3 of 3)
07:00

Part 1 of 2: What makes up a melody?

2.41 Characteristics of Melody (1 of 2)
05:59

Part 2 of 2: What makes up a melody?

2.42 Characteristics of Melody (2 of 2)
06:00

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

2.51 Melody and Notation (1 of 2)
06:55

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

2.52 Melody and Notation (2 of 2)
06:43
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The Elements of Music: Melodic structure; Harmony and Texture
9 Lectures 57:37

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

3.11 Melody Structure and Harmony (1 of 2)
06:31

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

3.12 Melody Structure and Harmony (2 of 2)
06:08

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

3.21 Harmony and Phrase Structure (1 of 2)
05:43

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

3.22 Harmony and Phrase Structure (2 of 2)
06:09

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

3.31 Harmonic Progressions (1)
06:56

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

3.32 Harmonic Progressions (2)
08:55

What is Texture?

Texture (non-musical)
02:48

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

3.41 Musical Texture (1 of 2)
09:04

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

3.42 Musical Texture (2 of 2)
05:23
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Musical Timbre
9 Lectures 01:39:16
4.1 Timbre and the human voice
10:09

in which we explore the colors of the orchestral instruments.

4.2 Instruments of the orchestra
14:15

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.

4.3 The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
19:26

Part 1 of 2. How music can be structured.

5.11 Musical Form (1 of 2)
05:53

Part 2 of 2. How music can be structured.

5.12 Musical Form (2 of 2)
08:22

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

5.21 Building Blocks of Form (1 of 2)
09:37

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

5.22 Building Blocks of form (2 of 2)
05:31

5.3 Bringing all the elements together
09:54

5.4 Ravel’s Bolero
16:09
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Reading Music
6 Lectures 49:48

An in-depth look at how pitch is notated.

S1 Pitch and Notation
09:41

Part 1 of 2. accidentals and key signatures made easy

S2.1 Accidentals and Key Signature (1 of 2)
10:10

Part 2 of 2. accidentals and key signatures made easy

S2.2 Accidentals and Key Signature (2 of 2)
05:30

How the lengths of notes are notated.

S3 Rhythmic Values of Notes
08:55

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

S4.1 making Music—Pitch and Rhythm come together (1 0f 2)
08:27

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

S4.2 making Music—Pitch and Rhythm come together (2 0f 2)
07:05
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In Conclusion
1 Lecture 04:14

What have we learned?

Wrap-Up
04:14
About the Instructor
William Neely
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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.