Music Theory I: A College Companion Course
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Music Theory I: A College Companion Course

The first semester of music theory
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Created by Max Keller, D.M.
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 40 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Master the first semester of college music theory
  • Notate different types of rhythms
  • Understand functions of notes within the major and minor scales
  • Understand diatonic chord functions
  • Correctly resolve dominant 7th chords to tonic
  • Realize figured bass lines
  • Harmonize a precomposed melody
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  • Know the concepts taught in Music Theory Foundations
  • Be able to read music notation
  • Have a pdf reader

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

What are the lessons like?

Lessons are presented in short, information-dense modules with many quizzes and downloadable worksheets accompanying them. Each video is written and constructed to be as concise as possible so that no time is wasted. Don't be fooled by other courses that have longer hour counts. The lessons are scripted and structured to build on each other making the flow seamless and easy to understand. 

Who teaches the course?

Max Keller is currently a full-time lecturer in the areas of music theory and composition at the Mahidol University College of Music. If you have any questions while studying this course Max personally responds to all discussions and messages.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone who took the previous course, “Music Theory Foundations”
  • College or university students taking the first year of music theory
  • Anyone who can read music a little and wants to understand more about music theory
  • A producer or composer that is looking to improve their craft
Who is the target audience?
  • This is a college level course. It is meant for students who already know how to read sheet music and understand basic music theory including: treble and bass clefs, intervals, triads, major and minor scales, and key signatures.
  • If any of these areas are unknown or are perhaps weak then students are highly encouraged to take my course entitled “Music Theory Foundations” which was created to help absolute beginning students prepare for Music Theory I.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
1 Lecture 00:30
Notation and Symbols
7 Lectures 24:37

A review of reading intervals with guidance on ways to read them faster.

Preview 03:44

Interval Review
9 questions

This lesson shows some rhythmic notation guidelines and how to beam various beat subdivisions.

Metric and Intrametric Rhythmic Notation

Metric and Intrametric Rhythm
6 questions

Sometimes ties are needed to notate rhythms that cross the beats

Notating Syncopations

7 questions

Lead Sheet Symbols

Roman Numerals Review

Put all the tools learned so far to use by analyzing a Bach excerpt.

Preview 03:12

Roman Numeral Analysis
7 questions

Learn the terms for vertical motions created by two notes

Contrapuntal Motions

Contrapuntal Motions
7 questions
Harmonic Rhythm and Scale Tendencies
7 Lectures 29:31
Harmonic Rhythm

Phrase Rhythm

Melodic Tendencies

Cadence Names

Consonant and Dissonant Intervals

Learn how tendency notes shape chord progressions and functions within a scale.

Functional Tendencies

Functional Tendencies
5 questions
Figued Bass and Chorale Harmonization
14 Lectures 56:56
Choral Harmonization

This lesson introduces many of the rules of chorale (4 part) harmonization: ranges, spacing, voice crossings, overlaps, and intervals to avoid.

Chorale Harmonization Rules Part 1

This lesson continues teaching the rules of chorale harmonization: parallel octaves and 5ths, hidden octaves and 5ths

Chorale Harmonization Rules Part 2

Chorale Harmoization Rules Quiz
7 questions

When notating triads using 4 voices a note must be doubled. This lesson explains the preferred doublings for different chord inversions.

Triad Doublings

Triad Doublings
10 questions

Root Position Circle Progression Writing

Other Root Position Progressions

We learn the process of choosing chords to accompany a melody, and are then used to write in a 4 part setting.

Harmonizing a Melody Using Root Position Triads

Now its time to apply the lessons of tendency notes to the strongest progression in tonal music, the dominant 7th to tonic resolution.

Dominant 7th Resolutions

Dominant 7th Resolution
8 questions

Put all the skills learned to the test by writing music from a single figured bass line.

Root Position Figured Bass Realization

1st Inversion Triads

Composing with 1st Inversion Triads
3 questions

2nd Inversion Triads

Looking at some of the differences to consider when writing in a minor key

Minor Considerations

Minor Considerations
3 questions

Resolving the Leading-tone Chord

Breaking Function
About the Instructor
Max Keller, D.M.
4.9 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.