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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 23 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Learners taking this Course are

  • Musicians
  • Actors
  • Artists
  • Translators
  • IT Managers

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Basic Materials: Overview, Tonality, Notation

9 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
9 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
1 reading
Notation Reading10m
4 practice exercises
Tonality and Acoustics Practice Quiz6m
Tonality, Harmony, Acoustics30m
Notation Practice Quiz8m
Pitch and Rhythm Notation32m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Scales, Keys, and Intervals

12 videos (Total 81 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
12 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
3 readings
More On Minor10m
Key Signature Practice10m
More On Intervals10m
4 practice exercises
Diatonic Set, Major, Minor: Practice Quiz18m
Diatonic Set, Major, Minor44m
Intervals Practice Quiz14m
Intervals Quiz40m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Rhythm and Meter

6 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Rhythm and Meter II: Subdivisions of the Beat7m
Meter III: Simple and Compound Meters9m
Metric Notation In Practice9m
Metric Notation: Tuplets6m
Syncopation9m
2 readings
More About Meter and Meter Signatures10m
More On Tuplets10m
2 practice exercises
Rhythm and Meter30m
Meter, Tuplets, Syncopation30m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Chords, Triads, and Harmony

8 videos (Total 56 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Triads II: Inversions6m
Triads III: Quality8m
Seventh Chords7m
Qualities of Seventh Chords4m
Fully Diminished Seventh Chords9m
Chord Symbols7m
Roman Numeral Notation8m
3 readings
More on Triads10m
More On Seventh Chords10m
7th Chords In Jazz10m
3 practice exercises
Triads30m
Seventh Chords30m
Labeling Chords30m
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Top reviews from Getting Started With Music Theory

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 VHFeb 21st 2019

I have really enjoyed doing this course. I now understand minor keys and seventh chords and thanks to the course team

Instructor

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Bruce Taggart

Associate Professor
College of Music

About Michigan State University

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