What Will I Learn?
89 Audio examples
910 Quiz questions
369 Memory Questions
Experiments and free downloadable music apps
This course covers all of the following concepts and subject material: Definition of Music ● The elements of music (rhythm & pitch) ● Division of pitch into melody and harmony ● Rhythmic notation (parts of a note) ● Discussion on relative durations of sound ● Notes - whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth ● Why notes are named the way they are ● Relative durations vs. assigning numerical values ● The unit of measurement ● Beat ● Tempo ● Meter ● Distinguishing between rhythm and meter ● Bar lines and measures ● Time signatures ● 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 meters ● Determining the meter without a time signature ● Natural division of rhythms ● Strong and weak pulses ● Rests - whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth ● Assigning numerical values to rests ● The whole rest and meter ● Dotted notes ● Numerical values of dotted notes ● History of dotted notes ● Dotted rhythms ● The 3:1 ratio in dotted rhythms ● The tie ● Ties vs. dotted notes ● Advantages and disadvantages of notating with ties vs. dots ● Re-designation of the unit ● 3/8 and 6/8 meters ● New numerical values of notes ● Understanding relative durations with regard to a new unit of measurement ● Strength of pulses ● Designating the half note as the unit ● Notating 2/2 meter or “cut” time ● Numerical values of note durations in 2/2 meter ● Comparison of 4/4 meter and 2/2 meter ● Reasons for 2/2 meter ● Classifying meters ● Simple meter ● Compound meter ● Duple meter ● Triple meter ● Quadruple meter ● Complex meter ● Artificial divisions of the beat or beats ● Artificial division of parts of the beat ● Common types of tuplets ● Definition of triplets ● Identifying triplets ● Ratio of triplets ● Numerical value of triplets ● Definition of duplets ● Identifying duplets ● Ratio of duplets ● Artificial divisions in relation to simple and compound meters ● Sound waves ● Frequency ● Indefinite vs. definite pitch ● Modern vs. ancient definition of pitch ● Pitch experiment ● Introduction to the staff ● How the mind sees number ● Ledger lines ● Clefs ● Movement on the staff (step, skip, repeat) ● The musical alphabet ● Letter names on the staff ● The grand staff ● Direction of note stems (and rationale) ● Introduction to the keyboard ● Groups of black keys ● Letter names of keys ● Correlation of staff to the keyboard ● Half steps and whole steps ● Sharps and flats on the keyboard ● Enharmonic equivalents ● Enharmonic keyboard notes ● Reading sharps and flats on the staff ● Sharps and flats within measures ● The natural sign ● The definition of interval ● Melodic vs. harmonic intervals ● Identifying intervals on the keyboard ● Identifying intervals on the staff ● Ratios and intervals ● Pythagoras and the monochord ● Consonance and dissonance ● Definition and history of the modern scale ● The major scale ● Intervals and the major scale ● Basis of the scale ● Basis of the whole tone ● Greek Tetrachords ● Greek Semi tone and whole tone ● Constructing scales on the keyboard ● Constructing scales on the staff ● Definition of "key" ● The key signature ● The circle of 5ths ● The order of sharps ● The order of flats ● How to determine the key from the sharps/flats ● How to determine how many and which sharps/flats are in a given key ● Enharmonic keys ● Interval number vs. interval quality ● Major, minor and perfect interval qualities ● Determining an intervals’ number and quality ● Connection of interval qualities to the major scale ● Identifying intervals on the staff ● Augmented and diminished interval qualities ● How augmented and diminished intervals are formed ● The double sharp ● Why the double sharp is necessary ● The double flat ● Why the double flat is necessary ● The tritone ● Abbreviations for interval qualities ● Enharmonic intervals ● Complementary intervals ● Which qualities, when inverted, become which qualities ● Simple intervals ● Compound intervals ● Reducing compound intervals ● How to determine the quality of compound intervals ● Open and closed harmony ● Difference between intervals and chords ● Major and minor chords ● Deriving the ratio of the major and minor 3rds using the monochord ● The Pythagoras experiment and the major chord ● Block and broken chords ● Augmented and diminished chords ● Music’s move from the horizontal to the vertical ● Mathematical proportions of the major, minor, augmented and diminished triads ● Understanding the harmonic mean ● The harmonic mean and the major chord ● Understanding the arithmetic mean ● The arithmetic mean and the minor chord ● The geometric mean and the augmented and diminished chords ● Relation of chords to the major scale ● Number of possible triads constructed from the pitches of the major scale ● Order and quantity of triad qualities formed from the major scale ● Roots of chords, scales, and keys ● Comparison of the major and minor scales ● Tetrachords in minor scales ● The natural minor scale ● Constructing natural minor scales on the keyboard ● Constructing natural minor scales on the staff ● The harmonic minor scale ● The melodic minor scale ● Ascending vs. descending melodic minor scale ● Constructing harmonic minor scales on the keyboard ● Constructing harmonic minor scales on the staff ● Constructing melodic minor scales on the keyboard ● Constructing melodic minor scales on the staff ● Relative keys ● Determining the relative minor ● Determining the relative major ● Determining the key of music with shared key signatures ● Parallel keys ● Difference between parallel and relative keys ● Relation of chords to the natural minor scale ● Order and quantity of triad qualities formed from the natural minor scale ● Relation of chords to the harmonic minor scale ● Order and quantity of triad qualities formed from the harmonic minor scale ● The major scale degrees ● Naming the scale degree using Roman numerals ● Naming triads using Roman numerals ● Benefit to using degree vs. letter name ● Primary chords and their importance ● Relationship between chords ● Chord inversions ● Root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion ● Intervals in chord inversions ● The root rule ● How to identify chord inversions by name, quality and inversion ● Voices of a chord ● Voice leading ● Inversions and the primary chords ● Chord progressions ● Use of inversions to improve transition between chords ● Introduction to function ● Function names of the scale degrees ● Extending the triad ● Dominant seventh chords ● Other names and notation of the dominant seventh chord ● Why the dominant seventh chord is named the way it is ● Inversion of the dominant seventh chord ● 3rd inversion ● Finding the root in a dominant seventh chord ● How to identify a dominant seventh chord ● Dominant seventh chords with missing notes ● Major 7th chords ● Minor 7th chords ● Diminished 7th chords ● Musical punctuation ● Perfect authentic cadence ● Imperfect authentic cadence ● Half cadence ● Plagal cadence ● Deceptive cadence ● Hexatonic scale ● Whole tone scale ● Chromatic scale ● Pentatonic scale ● Tonal music ● Tonal centers ● Polytonal music ● Atonal music ● Free atonal ● Strict atonal ● Twelve-tone technique ● Tone rows ● The ancient Greek modes ● History of the church modes ● Modern modes ● The harmonic series ● Overtones ● Fundamental of a pitch ● Complex vibration of a string ● What the numbers of the harmonic series express ● Hearing overtones (and experiment) ● Timbre ● Nature’s hierarchy of harmonic sound ● Objective measurement of consonance and dissonance ● History of consonance and dissonance ● Tuning pitches ● Brief history of tuning systems ● Pythagorean tuning ● Just intonation ● Equal temperament ● Definition of cents ● Tuning of the modern piano ● Benefits and shortcomings of the different tuning systems ● Apps that demonstrate and compare some of the tuning systems ● Overview of the four main periods of western art music