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3 Sessions / 4 hours of work per session
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Music Notation, Intervals, Major Scale, Time Signatures, The Rhythm Tree
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Music Theory for Beginners

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3 Sessions / 4 hours of work per session
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Music Notation, Intervals, Major Scale, Time Signatures, The Rhythm Tree
Course Description

This is a perfect course for anyone looking to learn the basics of Western music theory.

You will learn to read and write western music notation through simple and easy to follow interactive lessons, and improve your ability to recognise pitch and rhythms by ear through carefully crafted exercises.

By the end of this course, you will develop a solid foundation in western music theory fundamentals and be ready to begin advanced music studies.

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Session 1: Introduction to Written Music Notation (December 10, 2019)
You will familiarize with written music notation by learning to identify notes on Treble and Bass clefs. You will also learn to identify note names on a piano keyboard and learn to write music using an online notation software.
8 lessons
1. Introduction to Music Theory for Beginners
2. Written Music Notation: Brief Introduction
3. Clefs & Staves
4. Ledger Lines
5. Grand Staff, Musical Registers & Middle C
6. To Sum Up
7. Assignment Brief
8. Getting Started with Noteflight (Youtube Link)
Session 2: Musical Intervals & the Major Scale (December 17, 2019)
This session will teach you the concept of intervals, simply put the distance between two notes.
9 lessons
1. Intervals and Major Scale: Brief Introduction
2. What Are Intervals
3. Tone & Semitone
4. Scale Degrees
5. Accidentals & Enharmonics
6. The Major Scale
7. G Major | F Major Scale
8. Identifying Intervals Using Semitones
9. Types of Intervals
Session 3: Time & Rhythm (December 24, 2019)
This session will help you understand the concept time within the context of music and how rhythm works for written and aural music.
6 lessons
1. Time & Rhythm: Brief Introduction
2. The Rhythm Tree
3. Time Signatures
4. Triplets & Shuffle Feel
5. Dots & Ties
6. Tempo & Feel
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Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

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What You Need to Take This Course
  • A good broadband internet connection
  • A computer or tablet to watch lessons and complete assignments
  • A microphone and headphones to participate in live interactions
  • If you have a piano or keyboard it would be great, but this is not a requirement
Additional Information

This course features live interaction with the course faculty during pre-scheduled times, where you can ask questions, get feedback on your progress and even talk about your musical aspirations.

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