Music Theory For Beginners
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Music Theory For Beginners

Arm yourself with the right foundation to pursue your musical dreams
4.5 (158 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.
4,862 students enrolled
Created by Nicole DiPaolo
Last updated 7/2017
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Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • After this course, students will be able to read most music scores
  • Students will gain an understanding of rhythm, tempo, notes, pitch and other common score elements
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  • Nothing, but the ability to read and understand English

This course aims to equip beginners in music with the skill to read music and to understand music better. You will be introduced to the various elements on the music score, and we will guide you to learn all the basic theory topics, step by step. You do not have to know anything to take this course, except an interest in music theory!

We will be providing detailed video lessons with numerous practical examples for you to apply your new found knowledge in. This course can will take about a week to complete, and by the end of this course, you will be able to translate the symbols on a music score, into music on your instrument.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginners in music who would like to learn how to read music
  • People who want to get back into music
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Curriculum For This Course
Reading Rhythms and Meters
5 Lectures 25:45

You will learn about the importance of rhythm in music, and 3 types of notes, the whole note, the half note, and the quarter note.

Rhythm Part 1

You will be exposed to more rhythms and note types, the eighth note and the sixteenth note. Also, you will be introduced to augmentation dots, and ties.

Rhythm Part 2

You will understand how music is organised and divided using bar lines and measures. You will also learn about other special lines, including the repeat signs and the volta signs.

Lines and Dividers

You will learn what time signatures are, and how to interpret them. You will then be able to see how bar lines are placed to for measures, and also you will learn about the different kinds of feel that time signatures can introduce into a piece of music.

Time Signature

Revise all the concepts we have learn in the first 4 lectures and see their applications in actual song examples.

5 Lectures 27:30

You will learn the 7 notes, their names and their relative pitches, and their positions on a keyboard. You will also learn several important musical terms such as half-steps and whole-steps, and octaves.

Notes on the Keyboard

Learn about the treble clef, and how to represent the 7 different notes on the stave. You will also learn a few tricks to read these notes more quickly and efficiently.

The Treble Clef

Learn about the bass clef and how it helps to represent even more notes on the staff. You will be introduced to the grand staff, and how that is used for certain musical instruments which can cover a wider range of notes.

The Bass Clef and The Grand Staff

You will learn what accidentals are, and how the black keys on the keyboard are used. Also, you will be exposed to the importance of the middle C, and other symbols used to represent note pitches on the stave, such as ledger lines and 8va symbols.

Accidentals, Middle C, and Odd Notes

Final Review
Course Wrap Up
3 Lectures 01:10
Thank You

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Bonus Material
About the Instructor
Nicole DiPaolo
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Principal Theory Teacher at Liberty Park Music

Nicole Elyse DiPaolo, currently the principal theory teacher at Liberty Park Music, is a versatile composer, pianist, and scholar originally hailing from the Detroit area. Currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at Indiana University, she recently completed a doctoral minor in composition, having studied with Claude Baker, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, and David Schneider. She also holds a B.Mus. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, where she studied composition with Bright Sheng and piano with Louis Nagel and Michele Cooker.

As a music theorist, Nicole has published articles on Beethoven, Giovanni Sgambati and Giuseppe Martucci, and she has presented at numerous conferences in the US and internationally. Her other research interests include music theory pedagogy; music perception and cognition; form and phrase structure; and schema theory. Nicole also taught as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University for five years, covering the entire undergraduate core curriculum in both written theory and aural skills along with graduate review aural skills.