Music Theory Classes
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Music Theory Classes

Learn everything from the complete basics to the advanced cocepts of music theory. Music theory is the study of music.
3.9 (330 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.
19,083 students enrolled
Created by Caleb Curry
Last updated 2/2015
English
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Price: Free
Includes:
  • 17 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the science behind music
  • Learn how to read and write music
  • Learn how chords are structured and how to create our own chords
  • Learn the purpose of scales and how they are constructed
  • learn the different types of intervals and scales (major, minor, diminished, etc...)
  • Ear training
  • Learn all of the modes and popular scales
  • Begin ear training and composition
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Requirements
  • patience
  • note taking
  • practice
Description

This is a course that will dive into many areas of music theory. This series is for those who want to download or watch my series ad-free. The topics covered by this series include:

  • The science of sound (pitch, frequency, volume, etc...)
  • The musical alphabet
  • Notation
  • Clefs
  • Scales
  • Steps and intervals
  • Triads and extended chords
  • Circle of 5ths
  • Notes and rests
  • Swing and polyrhythm
  • Time signatures
  • Chord progression and harmonizing scales
  • Modes
  • Transposing
  • Transcription
  • acoustics and psychoaoustics
  • Ear training
  • and MORE!!

For musicians and students taking music classes, this course does not require that you play an instrument. We take away the aspect of an instrument and study the core of music using just notes. No need to be an expert piano player or guitarist, all you'll want to have is a little bit of thinking power and maybe a notepad to take some notes (music notes that is :P). If you are a musician, applying this information to your instrument will drastically improve your knowledge and skill level.

Even if you have no musical experience, this course could be for you. With this series, not only will you dive into the basics of music but you will also learn a lot about acoustics, ear training, pitch and frequency, harmonics and overtones, and more. Even if you are not studying to be a musician, this course has content that will help you understand sound as a whole. This means that if you are a computer technician, an audio producer, a commercial designer, a video producer, a studio designer, or anything else dealing with sound, you could benefit from this course!

The course should not take too long to complete, but it is recommended that you stop after each video to take notes and memorize material. For some topics, you might need to practice or rewatch the video a few times to get everything (there is a lot of content in this course). Try to memorize...Memorizing this content will forever impact your musical knowledge and make you enjoy music that much more!

Who is the target audience?
  • People in a music theory course
  • People who are new to music
  • beginner musicians
  • intermediate musicians
  • expert musicians who need to learn more theory
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Curriculum For This Course
179 Lectures
17:02:59
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Basics
8 Lectures 35:38
INTRODUCTION: What is Music Theory?
06:25

What is Sound?
05:10

Frequency
02:20

Pitch
05:42

Relatiive vs Absolute Pitch (Perfect Pitch)
03:42

The Musical Alphabet
04:40

Time
04:19

Harmony and Melody
03:20
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Introduction to Notation
10 Lectures 57:19
Introduction to Musical Notation
06:58

Helmholtz Pitch Notation
06:28

Scientific Pitch Notation
05:37

Staffs and Ledger Lines
06:02

Treble Clef
03:35

Bass Clef
04:02

Grand Staff
03:46

Memorizing Bass and Treble Clef
05:34

Accidentals
08:27

Writing Accidentals on a staff Properly
06:50
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Intervals
14 Lectures 01:28:43
Scale Degrees
06:36

Interval Sizes by Scale Degree
09:34

How to Calculate Interval Sizes by using a staff (easy)
02:43

Compound Intervals
05:01

Adding Intervals
04:15

Half Steps and Whole Steps
06:15

Perfect and Major Intervals
08:42

Minor Intervals
05:31

Diminished Intervals
03:35

Augmented Intervals
05:53

Intervals Review!
08:43

Mod 12 System
06:08

Intervals on the staff, Figuring out Intervals (like a boss!)
08:40

Flipping the Interval
07:07
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Major and Minor Scales
6 Lectures 32:51
How to play any Major Scale
07:37

How to figure out Intervals and Scales without memorizing
04:03

Playing in the Scale
05:47

Natural Minor Scale
03:42

Harmonic Minor Scale
05:32

Melodic Minor Scale
06:10
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Introduction to Chords
16 Lectures 01:16:58
Introduction to Triads!
06:30

Major Triads
04:59

How to play Minor Triads
04:01

How to Play Diminished Triads
04:23

How to play Augmented Triads
03:12

Writing Triads on a Staff
06:34

How to Read Triads on a Staff
05:16

How to Play Major 7th Chords
06:13

How to Play Dominant 7th Chords
06:02

How to Play Minor 7th Chords
03:42

How to Play Half Diminished 7th Chords
03:18

How to Play Fully Diminished 7th Chords
05:48

How to Play Every Triad and 7th Chord!
04:34

Practice with 7th Chords!
03:44

Different Ways to Play Chords
03:12

Chord Notation
05:30
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Introduction to Time signature
1 Lecture 04:49
4/4 Common Time Signature
04:49
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Key Signatures and the Circle of 5ths
9 Lectures 48:31
Introduction to Key Signatures
09:28

Introduction to the Circle of 5ths Part 1
07:46

Introduction to the Circle of 5ths Part 2
07:03

Circle of Fifths
05:22

Creating Scales using the Circle of 5ths!
03:03

How to Recreate the Circle of 5ths from Memory
04:03

Minor Scales on the Circle of Fifths
03:33

How to Find Relative Minor Scales
03:49

Chromatic Scale and Whole Tone Scale
04:24
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Reading Music
26 Lectures 02:42:54
Tempo and BPM (Beats Per Minute)
04:52

How to Draw Notes
03:41

Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th, 16th and 32nd Notes
04:42

Whole, Half, Quarter, 8th, 16 and 32nd Rests
03:54

How to Count 8ths and 16ths!
06:55

Subdivision
09:21

Musical Fractions and Inserting Barlines
06:46

Dotted Notes
06:12

Double Dotted Notes
05:50

Ties and Slurs
05:10

Introduction to Tuplets
05:54

Triplets! How to Read and Play Them
11:46

Understanding Swing
05:50

Polyrhythm
04:44

Time Signatures
10:51

Cut Time Break Down
06:26

Compound Time Signatures
06:28

Twos and Fours in Compound Time
05:29

Asymmetric Time Signatures
09:51

Tempo Terms
03:24

Dynamic Markings, Forte, Piano, etc
05:44

Crescendos and Decrescendos
07:34

Important Tempo Terms
03:29

More Important Terms
03:18

Music Structure (Dai Segno and Da Capo)
09:20

Repeats
05:23
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Chord Progression
4 Lectures 36:24
Scale Degrees and Chord Progression
11:25

Chord Progression in Major Scales
12:23

Nashville Numbering System
02:22

7th Chord Progression
10:14
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Transposing
4 Lectures 24:29
Transposing Chord Progression
07:50

Transposing Melody by Scale Degree
07:07

Transposing by Steps
03:04

Transposing by Interval Between Notes
06:28
7 More Sections
About the Instructor
Caleb Curry
4.2 Average rating
2,576 Reviews
88,055 Students
8 Courses
Educator, YouTube Partner.

My name is Caleb Curry and I have a passion for video and education. I have been creating videos for many years. I first started creating classes 5 years ago. I created some here and there over the years but it has been my primary focus for nearly a year now.
June 4th, 2012. I decided to take my skill set to the next level and learn how to professionally program databases as well as websites. After just graduating my Junior year of high school, I did not have a typical summer vacation. Rather, I studied daily and prepared for this new goal of mine. By July 23rd, I uploaded my first class in this new mindset of determination. Since then, I have created over 500 educational classes over database Design, programming, web development, and more. I have also done classes over Audio Production, social networking, Music theory, and a wide variety of interesting topics. On top if this, I continued to create my comedy videos as I have my entire life. I believe I have come a long way in such a short period of time and I would now like to offer payed classes for viewers to download or watch ad free.