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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  • Lectures 32
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description


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.

What are the requirements?

  • A willingness to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Student
  • Teacher
  • Adult Learner
  • Absolute Beginner

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: Sound

Learn about the physics of sound


Learn why some instruments sound different than others


Continue learning about how sound is made


Learn how to read, write, and interpret musical notation

Section 2: Reading Music

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


Learn the fundamentals of the keyboard


Learn how to recognize sharps and flats on a keyboard


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

Section 3: Scales

Learn what scales are all about


Learn how to build Major scales


Learn what a Major scale looks like on the keyboard


Learn how to build Minor scales


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


Learn what a Minor scale looks like on the keyboard


Learn what a Harmonic Minor scale looks like on the keyboard


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

Section 4: Keys

Learn about the creation and function of key signatures


Continue learning about various key signatures


Learn how to create Minor key signatures


Learn why some key signatures look like others


Learn how notes are manipulated with various signs

Section 5: Rhythm

Learn the basic definitions of rhythm and meter


Continue learning about rhythm and meter


Learn why rhythms are named the way they are


Learn how to extend certain notes just a little bit longer


Learn how to interpret various meter types


Continue learning how to interpret various meter types


Learn how to recognize and notate meter


Learn how meter is translated into time signatures

Time Signatures, continued

Learn about an unusual time signature, 3/8

Section 6: Course Conclusion
What You've Learned

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Instructor Biography

MusicProfessor provides pre-recorded, high-quality online music lessons for students who either can't study with a private teacher or would like to further supplement their education. We do so via a massive library of lessons taught by some of the finest faculty in the country.

WOODWINDS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

BRASS: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

EXTRACURRICULAR: Music Theory, Conducting, Percussion

MusicProfessor launched in 2012 with a single instrument series, 'Bassoon 101,' but has since expanded to over 12 instrument series with just over 5000 video lessons. Our 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.

Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum. Fulfill your musical destiny by signing up today!

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