Music Theory Foundations: Music Notation Made Easy
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Music Theory Foundations: Music Notation Made Easy

Learn how to read music notation with a truly fast, easy, and concise course.
4.8 (25 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.
120 students enrolled
Created by Max Keller, D.M.
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Read music notation
  • Understand how to read meters and meter types
  • Label melodic and harmonic intervals
  • Determine the quality of triads
  • Read key signatures
  • Know multiple scales
  • Start the basics of Figured Bass andRoman Numeral Analysis
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Requirements
  • An internet connection
  • A browser with Flash
  • A PDF reader
  • A desire to learn to read music notation
  • No prior knowledge is needed
Description

Course Description

Music theory Foundations is designed for any person interested in learning the basics of reading western sheet music. It is specifically tailored to students preparing for Music Theory in a college or university setting, but it is perfect for anyone simply looking to learn, or improve their understanding of, basic music theory.

What are the lessons like?

Lessons are presented in short, information-dense modules that are easy to manage and understand. There is no rambling in this course. The 26 complete lessons each have an accompanying quiz. There are 19 downloadable worksheets and answer-keys as well. The lessons are scripted structured to build on each other making the flow seamless in its progress. 

Who teaches the course?

Max Keller is currently a faculty member in the areas of music theory and composition at the Mahidol University College of Music. After surveying multiple courses online to help prepare his students for music theory at the College of Music he designed, produced, and narrated Music Theory Fundamentals. If you have any questions while studying this course Max personally responds to all discussions and messages.

Who should take this course?

  • Any beginning students should take this course without reservation
  • High School or Middle School students who are wanting to be ready for the next level
  • Anyone who wishes they could read music
  • A person who feels they do not have a strong foundation in music theory
  • College or university students taking the first year of music theory
  • Someone who found other music theory courses boring
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed to help students prepare for music theory at the college level. It does not require any musical knowledge so it is also perfect for anyone who simply wants to learn how to read sheet music. This course would most likely be a review to anyone who has already passed the first year of college music theory.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
01:27:34
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Introduction
1 Lecture 00:46
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Reading the Note Names
6 Lectures 12:21

Note Names
5 questions


The Staff
4 questions

C Clef
01:51

C Clef
10 questions


G Clef
10 questions

F Clef
01:38

F Clef
10 questions

Accidentals
03:14

Accidentals
8 questions
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Rhythm
6 Lectures 22:38
Note Durations
03:54

Note Durations
10 questions

Dynamics and Articulations
03:58

Dynamics and Articulations
10 questions

Meter
02:24

Meter
5 questions

Simple vs Compound
06:40

Simple vs Compound
5 questions

Complex and Mixed
03:29

Complex and Mixed
5 questions

Tuplets
02:13

Tuplets
6 questions
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Basic Pitch Harmonies
6 Lectures 19:00
Interval Introduction
03:26

Inerval Indroduction
5 questions

Perfect Intervals
03:35

Perfect Intervals
8 questions

Major and minor Intervals
02:12

Major and minor Intervals
8 questions

Augmented and diminished Intervals
03:33

Augmented and diminished Intervals
9 questions

Triads
02:58

Triads
9 questions

Compound Intervals and Harmonic Positions
03:16

Compound Intervals and Harmonic Positions
9 questions
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Scales and Key Signatures
6 Lectures 16:57
The Major Scale
03:18

Major Scales
5 questions


Major Key Signatures
5 questions

Minor Scales
02:35

Minor Scales
4 questions

Relative Key Signatures
01:18

Relative Key Signatures
5 questions

Modes
02:58

Modes
7 questions

Some Exotic Scales
02:09

Some Exotic Scales
5 questions
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Introduction to Tonal Analysis
2 Lectures 09:20
Figured Bass Introduction
05:37

Figured Bass Introduction
4 questions

Roman Numerals
03:43

Roman Numerals
5 questions
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Bonus
2 Lectures 06:32
Ornaments
03:19

Introduction to 7th Chords
03:13
About the Instructor
Max Keller, D.M.
4.8 Average rating
26 Reviews
138 Students
2 Courses
Full-time Lecturer - Mahidol University College of Music

Hi I'm Max Keller, I play the trumpet, compose, and teach music for a living. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Music, a Masters of Arts in Music, and a Doctor of Music in music theory and composition. I have taught music theory courses in universities for over 6 years, but in addition to teaching undergraduate, and graduate courses I have experience in institutions as a teacher to elementary, middle school, and high school students. 

Many instructors waste precious time when teaching. This not only makes students board, but leads them feel as if what they are learning is dull. My lessons are written to be concise and packed with information.  With that said, I look forward to helping you learn more about music.