Music Theory II: Learning Chords & Rhythm

Minor keys, triads & 7th chords,, figured bass, Roman numerals, meter and rhythm.
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  • Lectures 46
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

This Intermediate Course is the second of a series of courses that take the student from the very beginnings of musical understanding to getting an "A" in a college music theory class. You do not have to be a college student to take this course, but by the time you finish the series, it will be as if you had taken several semesters of classes. If you are going to take college music classes, this series will save you a considerable amount of stress and maybe even some tuition money.

The Fundamentals Course covers Pitch, Staff Notation, the Piano Keyboard, Modes, Major Scales and Key Signatures.

The Intermediate Course covers Intervals, Minor Keys and Scales, Triads, Seventh Chords, Figured Bass, Roman Numeral Analysis, Time Signatures, Meter, Rhythm, Melodic Dictation

The Advanced Course covers 4-part (SATB) Voice Leading, Musical Analysis, and Chromatic Harmony.

The Lectures can be viewed in an afternoon. However, as with many subjects, it is the consistent practice that internalizes the knowledge so that it becomes second nature. To this end I have included dozens of worksheets and audio files for practice with each lesson. Working with a friend, parent, or partner can be very effective in keeping this practice motivated.

You will need a printer and an MP3 player of some kind to do the practice work. Having a piano keyboard nearby to practice on will also greatly accelerate learning. Mastery of the the complete series may take as little as six months or as long as two years. The Level II Intermediate Course is normally taught in 18-36 weeks.

What are the requirements?

  • This is the second course in a series. It is strongly suggested that students complete the Music Theory Fundamentals course.
  • Students should understand notation on the treble and bass clef staves
  • Students should understand the major keys and the Circle of 5ths
  • True internalization of this material requires practice
  • Ideally, students should have an MP3 player, a printer, and a piano keyboard

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Notate, hear, play, and sing musical intervals
  • Notate, hear, play, and sing minor keys, and the natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales
  • Understand diatonic triads and seventh chords, on the piano keyboard, on the musical staff, and by ear
  • Understand and write Roman Numeral analysis.
  • Read and write Figured Bass
  • Understand Note and Rest Values
  • Understand meter and time signatures
  • Learn to count correctly in 6/8 time
  • Develop a "rhythmic vocabulary" for both simple and compound meters
  • Take rhythmic dictation (write down rhythms you hear)
  • Write down melodies by ear or take melodic dictation
  • Become a better sight reader
  • Excel at your first two semesters of undergraduate theory class

What is the target audience?

  • Any student preparing to be a music major in college.
  • Any student struggling to understand music theory.
  • Any busy teacher who needs a complete music theory course; ready to go, complete with lessons, homework, and assessments.
  • Anyone who thinks music theory is too complicated. It really is not.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Musical Intervals: Measuring musical distance in pitch space
01:44

The first of 11 Lectures on Intervals. Download the Lesson Guide here.

Intervals are how we describe the relationships between pitches. I have even gone so far as to say that all meaning arises from the relationship between things and is not inherent in the things themselves. Except for those with "Perfect Pitch", we do not expect specific notes, only notes that are a specific distances from other notes.

Included with this Lesson:

  • Interval Worksheets are included with Lecture 9.
  • Audio Files are included with Lecture 10.
  • Interval Math Worksheets are included with Lecture 11.
3 questions

Intervals Fundamental Concept

Intervals Part 2: Unisons, Seconds, and Thirds
Preview
05:46
Intervals Part 3: Fourths and Fifths
04:29
Intervals Part 4: Sixths, Sevenths, and Octaves
02:16
Intervals Part 5: Number and Quality
04:05
7 questions

Fundamental structure of diatonic intervals.

Intervals Part 6: Inversion
02:35
Intervals Part 7: Consonance and Dissonance
02:40
Intervals Part 8: Intervals greater than an octave
01:11
02:36

Now that you have thoroughly explored intervals, the relationships between notes, download and print worksheets to practice recognizing and notating intervals. As you do the worksheets, play the notes on the piano to reinforce the musical sound in your ear. Sing the pitches. All of this activity will solidify and internalize your musical thinking.

Interval Keyboard Quiz
8 questions
Interval Notation Quiz
12 questions
02:57

Learn to recognize intervals by ear. Download the audio files and randomize them in your MP3 player. Download and print the listening answer sheet to help you practice.

10 questions

Identify intervals aurally.

01:32

Just as you would move back and forth along a ruler or a number line, you can move up and down in pitch space by thinking in musical intervals. By combining intervals, you can increase your ability to think in pitch space. Download and print the worksheets for practice.

10 questions

Combinations of intervals.

Section 2: Minor Keys and Scales
04:52

There are 3 lectures in this lesson. This Lesson builds upon your knowledge of Major Keys. You will learn the Minor Keys, Key Signatures, Parallel and Relative Key Relationships, and the Minor Circle of 5ths.

10 questions

Minor key signs and relationships.

Minor Keys and Scales Part 2: Scales
05:28
10 questions

The three versions of the minor scale.

05:22

Puzzle type exercises to help you think in a key and to recognize modulations even when the composer does not change the key signature.

5 questions

Identify the scale form by the notes.

Section 3: Diatonic Triads
04:25
There are 5 lectures in this lesson. In this first lecture you will learn triads (three note chords) in the major keys. Worksheets on building triads and triad quality are included with this lecture. Worksheets on function and figured bass are included with Lecture 19.
8 questions

Construction of the diatonic triads in a major key.

04:14
Learn the figured bass notation for triads.
7 questions

Introduction to figured bass symbols in the major keys

Diatonic Triads Part 3: Harmonic Function
03:08
6 questions

What are the functions or purpose of each diatonic chord?

Diatonic Triads Part 4: Minor Keys
05:37
10 questions

The diatonic triads of the minor keys.

Diatonic Triads Part 5: Summary
01:43
10 questions

Given a notated triad, a figured bass symbol and a Roman Numeral symbol, in each example to references match and the third does not. Choose the notation that DOES NOT MATCH the other two.

7 questions

Aurally identify the quality of the triad.

Download the Triad-Listening-Quiz from Lecture 19.

Section 4: Seventh Chords
03:47
This lesson consists of 4 lectures. You will learn the diatonic 7th chords, their functions, inversions, and figured bass. Practice worksheets are included with Lecture 22. This lecture begins with the diatonic 7th chords in the major keys. Down the Lesson Guide here. Practice Worksheets are included with Lecture 22.
06:00
Learn the diatonic 7th chords in the minor keys.
03:05

Learn the inversions of 7th chords and their figured bass notations.

01:18
Resolving 7ths, an eye towards "voice leading".
10 questions

Seventh chords in staff notation, figured bass notation, and Roman Numeral notation.

10 questions

Download the audio file 7th-Chord-Listening Quiz. Identify the quality of each seventh chord.

Section 5: Meter and Rhythm
08:36
Meter, Rhythm and Time Signatures are presented in 6 lectures. This lecture explains the beat, division, and measure, the fundamental levels of musical time. Download the Lesson Guide here.
8 questions

Beat, Meter, Rhythm.

04:46
Learn the note values as relative duration.
01:13
Beams and Ties help us to see the beats.
10 questions

Rhythm & Meter Part 2

05:09
Learn about meter and time signatures.
8 questions

Time Signatures and Meter

03:56
Learn the difference between simple meter (3/4) and compound meter (6/8) through example.
02:31
Learn the difference between simple meter (3/4) and compound meter (6/8) through example. Practice worksheets included with this lecture.
5 questions

Identifying meter and time signature.

Section 6: Rhythmic Vocabulary
02:39
Learn the eight basic rhythms of simple meter. Practice your rhythmic dictation. Set up four blank measures of 4/4 time on a sheet of manuscript paper. Download and listen to the audio file. Write down the rhythm. Download the answer key and check your work.
The Basic 8
02:41
02:24
Pickup notes (anacrusis) and syncopation. More Rhythmic Dictation practice, this time with ties. Set up four blank measures of 4/4 time on a sheet of manuscript paper. Download and listen to the audio file. Write down the rhythm. Download the answer key and check your work.
02:22
Learn rhythmic vocabulary at the subdivision level. More Rhythmic Dictation practice. Set up two blank measures of 4/4 time on a sheet of manuscript paper. Download and listen to the audio file. Write down the rhythm. Download the answer key and check your work.
Compound Vocabulary
01:37
01:49
Create infinitely complex rhythms. More Rhythmic Dictation practice. Set up four blank measures of 4/4 time on a sheet of manuscript paper. Download and listen to the audio file. Write down the rhythm. Download the answer key and check your work.
10 questions

Rhythmic vocabulary and notation.

Section 7: Melodic Dictation
00:21
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:31
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:25
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:31
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:21
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:25
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:18
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:31
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:31
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
00:23
Download the Lesson Guide. Download the Melody worksheet file. Listen to the audio file. Notate the melody. Download the answer key and check your work.
What's Next?
00:13

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Instructor Biography

David Spondike, Ph.D., Music Theory Instructor

“When you get an educator that can teach high school students how to successfully learn college material before they graduate, that is actually in some ways even superior to what a professor does. It's just a testimony to his skill and what he's doing in the classroom. If I'm going to recommend a student to a person, I'm going to recommend them to a person that gets results. Without hesitation I would recommend Dave." ~Michael S.

With over 17 years of college and high school classroom experience as a music theory teacher, a Masters degree in Music Education and a Doctorate degree in Music Theory and Composition, Dr. Spondike can make music theory understandable without memorizing hundreds of rules. Private online instruction is available. Message me for pricing or to arrange a private Skype lesson. Professional Development packages available.

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