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About the Course

This course is a brief introduction to the elements of music theory for those with little or no music theory experience. We will explore pitch, rhythm, meter, notation, scales, keys, key signatures, meter signatures, triads, seventh chords, and basic harmony. If you listen to music or play music by ear, and you want to know more about how music is organized and notated, this course is for you. By the end of the course, you should know all major and minor keys, how to read and write in treble and bass clef using standard meters and rhythmic values, and how to notate and harmonize a simple melody. This course can serve as a stand-alone basic music theory course, or it can be a springboard to more advanced theory and composition courses. Your instructor is Bruce Taggart, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Michigan State University, in the College of Music, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate music theory since 1996....

Top reviews

Aug 20, 2020

Course was quite tough , eventually I had given up on this course, but consistency made me learn and I went through rigorous learning in finding the chords and middle C notes. Yes I made it in the end

Oct 12, 2020

Scales up quickly; difficulty peaking at the last lecture. Very demanding, but, in the end, very rewarding. (NOTE: Course material (ie terminology, etc) is culture bound to the US vice UK.)

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By Rangga W

Aug 12, 2020

Good course, good mentor, thanks coursera, michigan university, and bruce taggart

By Edin E R M

Aug 3, 2020

An excellent course! Thank you for letting me know more about music and theory!

By Katie F

May 15, 2020

Very pleased with this course! A great way to spend Corona Virus quarantine :)

By Christhian P S

Jun 13, 2017

It's a great started in music theory. It's all that i've always loocked for.

By Gustavo L

Mar 26, 2019

I am learning so much. This is a great complement to my music trajectory.

By Dwayne G

Jun 20, 2020

Brilliantly explained. The best parts are the mini-quizzes mid modules.

By Nicolas C

Feb 16, 2021

It was a great ride getting to know more ways to analyze music theory.


Dec 29, 2020

This is an amazing course about music theory, 100% recommended to do

By Iván G U

Feb 11, 2019

Excelente desarrollo y herramientas, recomiendo altamente el curso


Feb 26, 2021

Increíble curso, recomendado!

Incredible course, I recommend it!


Apr 21, 2020

Very Informative Course it was I really learnt a lot form this.

By Cristhian M B M

May 24, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful Mooc. I learned a lot in this course.

By Tassanan

May 4, 2020

This course is very worth it. Good for beginner - intermediate

By David A M

Jun 2, 2020

Excelente curso. Muy claros todos los conceptos del profesor.


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By Saroj S

Apr 14, 2020

Thanks for providing us great support through this course.

By Kaung H A

May 16, 2020

It is very good for me . I get much knowledge from this .

By Mauricio M

Aug 7, 2020

Excellent course, makes you engage in the study of music

By Shin Y C

Jun 27, 2020

Not too difficult for a beginner! Good course overall.

By Kun H

Oct 11, 2020

I felt learned a lot ! Thanks to Teacher and Coursera

By Янушко А Н

May 16, 2020

Cool course! Very interesting and good explaining.

By Zhenyi H

May 4, 2020

very clear and logic, systematic, love this course

By Reid C

May 7, 2018

A really good course. Too bad I am not good at it.

By Juan S B G

May 7, 2020

Muy buen curso. Fácil de entender y muy completo.

By Sarah B

Jun 14, 2020

Great course and the topics are well explained!