Basic Concepts of Music (Real College Course Preview)

A real college music theory class, now available for everyone.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2013 English

Course Description

Take a real college introductory Music Theory Online class, Basic Concepts of Music from Professor Kris Maloy. Using his 10 years of university teaching experience, he'll teach you Music Concepts: notes, scales, chords, melody and harmony, and rhythm.

Become a Great Musician

In Basic Concepts you will learn to understand music with no prior knowledge required. You'll learn the musical alphabet, scales and keys, chords, rhythm and much more, all in a beginner-friendly way in this Music Theory Online class.

By the end of this course, you'll understand Music Concepts and be able to read a full piece of famous music.

A Better Way to Learn Music Theory

Professor Maloy brings 10 years of experience teaching at four major state universities. Hundreds of his students have gone on to become real professional musicians. Enjoy over 13 hours of real college lectures.

Real College Class

This Music Theory Online class is a real college class and lectures are the same as taught at major state universities. No false promises, no false shortcuts. This is a real music theory class at a fraction of the price.

Who Should Take This Course?

Basic Music Concepts is great for beginner musicians of any age:

· College music majors in their first year can ace their first-year classes.

· High school and Junior High students can get ahead of the game.

· Amateur performers and garage bands can learn to read their favorite songs

· Performers who play by ear can write better songs.

What Former Students Say

"I thoroughly enjoyed studying with Dr. Kris Maloy because he cared enough to become aware of my personal musical background and found a common ground so that he could find the best ways to explain certain concepts and ideas. I would highly recommend studying any music course with Dr. Kris Maloy and would expect you to have the same positive results and experiences that I had."

--Maggie McClure, singer/songwriter with two albums and placements in film, TV and commercials

"Dr. Maloy has a piercing ability to see through the murky, convoluted mess that is music theory and pull out all of the lowest common denominators – the fundamental building blocks of method. He shares this clairvoyance with students through a practical training that sidesteps the pretense."

--Bryan Mitschell, pro drummer and audio producer, now university faculty

"I found Kris' methods to be sound, informative, and practical. Studying with him gave me the skills, desire and enjoyment to continue working in the field of jazz arranging. I highly recommend Kris Maloy and his very skilled system of teaching."
--Mark Giammario, pro drummer, now university faculty

"Dr. Maloy has the ability to effectively communicate complicated musical ideas and techniques to musicians of any level. Dr. Maloy’s familiarity with academic music as well as modern popular music has made his curriculum uniquely relevant. My experience with Dr. Maloy has been extremely enjoyable and enlightening and I would recommend his curriculum to any musician looking to dive deeper into important musical concepts."
--Nick Poss, pro singer/songwriter

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You'll learn the musical alphabet
  • You'll learn the piano keys
  • You'll learn sharps and flats (and the black piano keys)
  • You'll be able to read written music
  • You can build chords and build harmonies
  • You'll understand rhythm
  • A real college class at a fraction of the price
  • No forms, no student loans

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone wishing to improve their understanding of music and ability to read, play, and perform music
  • Musicians just starting out
  • Adults who've always wanted to learn music
  • College music students who need an easier introduction
  • High school and junior high students looking to get ahead

What you get with this course?

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

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: On Paper
The alphabet of music is only seven letters.
Bass instrument players have a modified way of writing.
In music, it's totally OK to color outside the lines.
When a treble clef staff and a bass clef staff love each other very much...
Now that we've learned the grand staff, let's master that.
Section 2: On the Keyboard
There's a relation between what's written and how it goes on the piano keyboard.
Enharmonics (the black keys) are a vital part, as well.
Use the Musivu system to link written music to the keyboard.
Section 3: Scales and Key Signatures
Learn the simplest building blocks of songs: scales.
Get extra practice to master the major scales.
There's a written shortcut for keys other than C.
Learn the revolutionary Musivu way of organizing key signatures.
Section 4: Wrapping Up

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Instructor Biography

Kris Maloy, Professor of Music, Academy of Contemporary Music

With 10 years of experience, Dr. Kris Maloy has taught all major musical skills and has revolutionized learning to play by ear. His Carnegie Hall debut was in 2011. In 2012 he founded Musivu as a way to make college-level music instruction more affordable and accessible for musicians worldwide, ranging from beginners to pros.

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