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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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ONE OF THE BEST TEACHERS I HAVE EVER WITNESSED IS PROF. BRUCE TAGGART... I pay a heartily gratitude to him for offering me such an Amazing Course...


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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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Jun 1, 2020

Thank you Bruce Taggart

By Antonio P

May 19, 2020

It was really brilliant

By Tomas O C

Apr 12, 2020

Very clear and dynamic.

By Mercedes T

May 23, 2018

I'm learning so much!!

By Vahidreza M

Oct 10, 2020


By Daniel E P

Jun 27, 2019

Extremely complete!

By Irina S

Jul 27, 2020

Amazing course!!!

By Deren Z

May 24, 2020

Wonderful course!

By Joe A

May 19, 2020

very recomendable

By Omara g k

Dec 3, 2019

what agood course

By Erik V N

Jan 16, 2019

Excellent Course!

By Diana E M

Jan 4, 2020

Great course!

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Nov 8, 2020


By Saran S

May 26, 2020

Good course

By Jing Z

Oct 18, 2020

very good!

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Jul 1, 2020


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May 3, 2020

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