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.
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:
Intervals Fundamental Concept
Fundamental structure of diatonic intervals.
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.
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.
Identify intervals aurally.
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.
Combinations of intervals.
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.
Minor key signs and relationships.
The three versions of the minor scale.
Puzzle type exercises to help you think in a key and to recognize modulations even when the composer does not change the key signature.
Identify the scale form by the notes.
Construction of the diatonic triads in a major key.
Introduction to figured bass symbols in the major keys
What are the functions or purpose of each diatonic chord?
The diatonic triads of the minor keys.
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.
Aurally identify the quality of the triad.
Download the Triad-Listening-Quiz from Lecture 19.
Learn the inversions of 7th chords and their figured bass notations.
Seventh chords in staff notation, figured bass notation, and Roman Numeral notation.
Download the audio file 7th-Chord-Listening Quiz. Identify the quality of each seventh chord.
Beat, Meter, Rhythm.
Rhythm & Meter Part 2
Time Signatures and Meter
Identifying meter and time signature.
Rhythmic vocabulary and notation.
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