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?
A review of reading intervals with guidance on ways to read them faster.
This lesson shows some rhythmic notation guidelines and how to beam various beat subdivisions.
Sometimes ties are needed to notate rhythms that cross the beats
Learn the terms for vertical motions created by two notes
Learn how tendency notes shape chord progressions and functions within a scale.
Put all the tools learned so far to use by analyzing a Bach excerpt.
This lesson introduces many of the rules of chorale (4 part) harmonization: ranges, spacing, voice crossings, overlaps, and intervals to avoid.
This lesson continues teaching the rules of chorale harmonization: parallel octaves and 5ths, hidden octaves and 5ths
When notating triads using 4 voices a note must be doubled. This lesson explains the preferred doublings for different chord inversions.
We learn the process of choosing chords to accompany a melody, and are then used to write in a 4 part setting.
Now its time to apply the lessons of tendency notes to the strongest progression in tonal music, the dominant 7th to tonic resolution.
Put all the skills learned to the test by writing music from a single figured bass line.
Looking at some of the differences to consider when writing in a minor key
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.