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Beginning Music Theory: Understanding Music Made Fun + Fast!

Master musical fundamentals: how sound is made, understanding the keyboard, and reading music, all in just a few hours!
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What Will I Learn?
31 Individual Lessons
Learn about how sound is produced
Learn how to read music notation
Figure out the keyboard
Learn how to build Major and Minor scales
Learn how to interpret rhythms and time signatures
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  • A willingness to learn


Having a basic understanding of Music Theory is essential to becoming a proficient musician (no matter what instrument you play!). MusicProfessor's Theory curriculum will help you gain valuable knowledge about how sound is made, an understanding of scales, key signatures, and rhythms, and learn how to read, write, and interpret musical notation.

Learning Music Theory can seem challenging and boring, but we promise that our course will keep you motivated and fill your head with tons of useful musical know-how. MusicProfessor’s Music Theory course provides an entire year’s worth of private instruction, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience. Plus, the course is taught by a leading University Professor, Dr. Blaise Ferrandino.


  • Over 30 video lessons
  • Animated diagrams, musical staff, and charts
  • Learn how sound is made
  • Learn important musical terms
  • Master reading and interpreting different rhythms
  • Learn how to build Major and Minor scales
  • Learn how the keyboard is setup and why it’s important for all Western music
  • Learn to interpret Key Signatures and Time Signatures
  • and, most importantly, learn how to read music!

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 14,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. No where else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum, and, best of all, your purchase is backed by Udemy’s 30-day guarantee.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


“I have enjoyed the Music Theory course. It has enabled me to get a basic understanding of scales, time signatures, and reading ledger lines. I started piano 40+ years ago and I wish something like this would have been around then. A great resource.”

-J. Ainley


Dr. Blaise J. Ferrandino is Professor and Division Chair of Music Theory and Composition at Texas Christian University where he has been since 1990. Besides his work as a composer, Ferrandino is a Music Theorist and Double Bassist. His degrees are from Ithaca College, Syracuse University, and the Hartt School. He is active in publishing, presentation, and composition/performance. At TCU he has served as Interim Director of the School of Music and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Beyond TCU, Dr. Ferrandino has served as President of the Texas Society for Music Theory and has served as a member of the National Arts Advisory Committee of the College Board. He is a College Board consultant for Music Theory in the Southwest Region.

Dr. Ferrandino is active in AP Music Theory teacher training, teaching week long courses for twenty years at TCU, and in Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Little Rock, Taos, and Chicago. He has organized and presented at one and two-day workshops at the College Board regional AP Music Theory Conferences. He is lead editor and author of The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Music Theory.

Compositions include song cycles, orchestral pieces, a wide-ranging assortment of chamber music, an opera, and solo works. His most recent published works are Song and a Dance for Double Bass and Piano commissioned by the International Society of Double Bassists to serve as the compulsory piece for their 2011 competition andCrucible, commissioned for the TCU Trombone Summit quartet competition. The musical drama Retrieving the Spirit premiered in April of 2012. Symphony for Wind Ensemble is due to premiere in Fall 2013.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.

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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 32 Lectures Collapse All 32 Lectures 03:24:26
4 Lectures 14:54

Learn about the physics of sound

Preview 04:01

Learn why some instruments sound different than others


Continue learning about how sound is made


Learn how to read, write, and interpret musical notation

Reading Music
4 Lectures 17:27

Learn about the musical staff plus how and why it was created

Preview 02:18

Learn the fundamentals of the keyboard


Learn how to recognize sharps and flats on a keyboard

Sharps and Flats

Learn when, where and how musical clefs were created and what they mean

8 Lectures 01:03:05

Learn what scales are all about

Preview 01:23

Learn how to build Major scales

Building Major Scales

Learn what a Major scale looks like on the keyboard

Building Major Scales for the Keyboard

Learn how to build Minor scales

Building Minor Scales

Learn how to build a deviation of the minor scale, the Harmonic Minor

Building Harmonic Minors

Learn what a Minor scale looks like on the keyboard

Building Minor Scales on the Keyboard

Learn what a Harmonic Minor scale looks like on the keyboard

Building Harmonic Minor Scales on the Keyboard

Learn to figure out and name the different parts of a scale

Scale Degrees
5 Lectures 23:15

Learn about the creation and function of key signatures

Preview 04:39

Continue learning about various key signatures

Key Signatures Continued

Learn how to create Minor key signatures

Minor Key Signatures

Learn why some key signatures look like others

Relative and Parallel Keys

Learn how notes are manipulated with various signs

Sharps, Flats, and Naturals
10 Lectures 01:24:47

Learn the basic definitions of rhythm and meter

Preview 10:24

Continue learning about rhythm and meter

Rhythm and Meter Defined, continued

Learn why rhythms are named the way they are

Rhythm Tree

Learn how to extend certain notes just a little bit longer

Proportional Notation

Learn how to interpret various meter types

Meter Types

Continue learning how to interpret various meter types

Meter Types, continued

Learn how to recognize and notate meter

Notating Meters

Learn how meter is translated into time signatures

Time Signatures

Time Signatures, continued

Learn about an unusual time signature, 3/8

3/8 Time
Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:58
What You've Learned
About the Instructor
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