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Approx. 22 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 22 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Basic Materials: Overview, Tonality, Notation

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, you should be able to: (1) discuss the elements of music, (2) explain the difference between tonal and atonal music, (3) sing the tonic in tonal music, (4) identify the fundamental and partials of a note, (5) explain the difference between chord and harmony, (6) explain the five-line staff, (7) read and write notes using treble and bass clefs, and (8) identify rhythmic values in notation. You should be able to (9) distinguish between pitch and pitch class, (10) describe octaves and how to label pitches based on octave placement, (11) identify and write accidentals and find them on the piano keyboard, (12) and define equal temperament (the artificial scale used on the modern piano) and tell how it differs from other tuning systems....
Reading
9 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video9 videos
Tonality and Atonality6m
Harmonic Function9m
Harmonic Hierarchy4m
Acoustics8m
Notation I: Pitch8m
Notation II: Rhythmic Notation6m
Notation III: Measures and Measure Numbers3m
Notation IV: Notation In Action7m
Reading1 reading
Notation Reading10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Tonality and Acoustics Practice Quiz6m
Tonality, Harmony, Acoustics30m
Notation Practice Quiz8m
Pitch and Rhythm Notation32m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Scales, Keys, and Intervals

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, you should be able to (1) describe the diatonic set and understand how it is used to create major and minor scales, (2) sing major and minor using solfeggio (solfege) syllables, (3) explain the difference between natural, harmonic, and melodic minor, (4) spell major and minor scales starting on any note using accidentals in treble and bass clef, and (5) spell parallel and relative major and minor scales. You should also be able to (6) identify and spell by size and quality diatonic intervals (within a key) and chromatic intervals (outside a key). ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 81 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video12 videos
Major Scales7m
Key Signatures6m
Sharp Key Signatures4m
Flat Key Signatures And The Circle of Fifths4m
Minor Scales7m
Relative Minor6m
Forms Of Minor Scales9m
Generic Intervals6m
Interval Quality and Diatonic Intervals6m
More Diatonic Intervals7m
Chromatic Intervals and Inversion5m
Reading3 readings
More On Minor10m
Key Signature Practice10m
More On Intervals10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Diatonic Set, Major, Minor: Practice Quiz18m
Diatonic Set, Major, Minor44m
Intervals Practice Quiz14m
Intervals Quiz40m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Rhythm and Meter

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, you should be able to (1) read and write all possible rhythmic values, including dotted notes and ties, (2) understand how many notes fit within a measure in various meters, (3) determine meter signatures based on note grouping, and note grouping based on meter signatures, (4) define the types of musical accent and how they create a sense of meter, (5) distinguish between duple and triple meters in notation and by sound, and (6) describe and identify metrical syncopation. You should be able to (7) write melodies on the treble, bass, and grand staves using correct meter signatures, note values, rhythmic grouping, stem direction and beaming, and key signatures and accidentals,...
Reading
6 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Rhythm and Meter II: Subdivisions of the Beat7m
Meter III: Simple and Compound Meters9m
Metric Notation In Practice9m
Metric Notation: Tuplets6m
Syncopation9m
Reading2 readings
More About Meter and Meter Signatures10m
More On Tuplets10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Rhythm and Meter30m
Meter, Tuplets, Syncopation30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Chords, Triads, and Harmony

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this module, you should be able to (1) identify and spell major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads in root position and inversions, and (2) identify and spell major, minor, dominant, half-diminished, and fully diminished seventh chords in root position and inversions. You should also be able to (3) use Roman numeral labels to identify diatonic triads within a key, (4) write triads within a key when given Roman numerals, and (5) spell chords when given pop/jazz chord symbols....
Reading
8 videos (Total 56 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Triads II: Inversions6m
Triads III: Quality8m
Seventh Chords7m
Qualities of Seventh Chords4m
Fully Diminished Seventh Chords9m
Chord Symbols7m
Roman Numeral Notation8m
Reading3 readings
More on Triads10m
More On Seventh Chords10m
7th Chords In Jazz10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Triads30m
Seventh Chords30m
Labeling Chords30m
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Top Reviews

By DPMay 7th 2017

A great course to understand Music in a technical way. Has not just helped me understand the concepts but also has inspired me to learn an instrument and apply the concepts.

By JJFeb 16th 2017

Great Course, Already Told My Friend About It, I Learned So Much In So Little Time.

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Bruce Taggart

Associate Professor
College of Music

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