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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....

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This course was very helpful as i earned a basic knowledge of music theory...........and also it is the best for the beginners who are keen in learning music.


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This course was a great way to get into music theory. It does help if you have some background knowledge first but a little more study and you'll be just fine anyway.

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By 朱婧

Mar 30, 2019

You shall never miss it!

A true foundation of the music theory, simple but complete!

By Jessica D J

Feb 16, 2017

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

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 Tulip G

Jun 20, 2020

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

By Ash R

Jan 22, 2022

Bruce you killed me but i made it. All the love brother Great Course!

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

Feb 11, 2019

Excelente desarrollo y herramientas, recomiendo altamente el curso


Feb 26, 2021

Increíble curso, recomendado!

Incredible course, I recommend it!

By Ashish P

Apr 21, 2020

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

By Okunola T

Feb 9, 2022

Very detailed and explanatory. It was extremely helpful to me.

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.

By Charissa I R N

Oct 9, 2020


By Saroj S

Apr 14, 2020

Thanks for providing us great support through this course.

By Lin y

Dec 22, 2021

really like the course.

it is very clear and logic.


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 Kim H

Oct 11, 2020

I felt learned a lot ! Thanks to Teacher and Coursera