Music Theory Foundations: Music Notation Made Easy

Learn how to read music notation with a truly fast, easy, and concise course.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course 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 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
  • People who want to take one of the best online tutorial courses for beginning music theory there is

What are the requirements?

  • An internet connection
  • A browser with Flash
  • A PDF reader
  • A desire to learn to read music notation
  • No prior knowledge is needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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

Introduction
Preview
00:46
Section 1: Reading the Note Names
Note Names
Preview
02:41
Note Names
5 questions
The Staff
Preview
02:02
The Staff
4 questions
C Clef
01:51
C Clef
10 questions
G Clef
Preview
00:55
G Clef
10 questions
F Clef
01:38
F Clef
10 questions
Accidentals
03:14
Accidentals
8 questions
Section 2: Rhythm
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
Section 3: Basic Pitch Harmonies
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
Section 4: Scales and Key Signatures
The Major Scale
03:18
Major Scales
5 questions
Major Key Signatures
Preview
04:39
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
Section 5: Introduction to Tonal Analysis
Figured Bass Introduction
05:37
Figured Bass Introduction
4 questions
Roman Numerals
02:23
Roman Numerals
5 questions
Section 6: Bonus
Ornaments
03:19
Introduction to 7th Chords
03:13

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Instructor Biography

Max Keller, 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 am currently working on my dissertation for a Doctor of Music in music theory and composition. I have taught music theory courses in universities for over 5 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 music theory. This not only makes students board, but leads them feel as if the entire subject is dull. My lessons are written to be concise and packed with information. Initially I intended my courses to only be used by current and prospective students where I work, but Udemy now gives me a platform where anyone in the world can be my student.  With that said, I look forward to helping you learn more about music.

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