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7 Sessions / 1 hours of work per session
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Beginner
Topics
Music Theory, Reading Music, Music Notation, Music Education, Counterpoint
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Music Theory Level 1: Part Five

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Beginner
Topics
Music Theory, Reading Music, Music Notation, Music Education, Counterpoint
Course Description

Welcome to the COMPLETE Music Theory Guide!

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take music theory (or music interest) and turn it into a usable skill. Whether you are an active musician or an aspiring musician, this class is perfect for you.

For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Udemy use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Udemy in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class - it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 5: Counterpoint Complete, and it finishes what would be the first semester of a college music theory class.

Throughout this class, I'll be providing you with many worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible. Also in this class I have several complete analysis projects that we will complete together - just like in my college classes.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools of Counterpoint
  • Second Species Counterpoint
  • Metric Accents and Diminutions
  • Resolutions
  • Passing Tones
  • Consonant Skips and Leaps
  • Neighbor Tones
  • Writing Compelling Melodies
  • Third Species Counterpoint
  • The Cambiata
  • Double Neighbor Tones
  • Fourth Species Counterpoint
  • Rhythmic Displacement
  • Suspensions
  • 4-3, 7-6, and 9-8 Suspension Types
  • Consonant Suspensions
  • Chains of Suspensions
  • Fifth Species Counterpoint
  • Free Counterpoint
  • Worksheets and Music for Practice
  • ...and much, much more!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

  • "Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!"
  • "Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"
  • "I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."
  • "I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"
  • "I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"
  • "Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"
  • "Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."
  • "The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."
schedule

This course is in adaptive mode and is open for enrollment. Learn more about adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Getting Started (July 23, 2019)
Before we jump in, let's learn a little bit about how we are going to learn. There are a few free tools I like to use that will help you learn music theory.
4 lessons
1. Welcome Overview
2. Tools We Need
3. Review Modes
4. Review First Species
Session 2: Second Species Counterpoint (July 30, 2019)
Second Species Counterpoint uses all the rules of first species, plus some more.
4 lessons
1. Whats New in Second Species
2. Metric Accents
3. Resolutions
4. Second Species Rules Summary
Session 3: Melodic Embellishment in Second Species Counterpoint (August 6, 2019)
With more notes comes more options.
3 lessons
1. Passing Tones
2. Consonant Skips
3. Neighbor Tones
Session 4: Writing Second Species Counterpoint (August 13, 2019)
Next, we will look at how to create some music with these rules.
4 lessons
1. First And Last Measures
2. Melody Notes
3. Harmony
4. Summary Of Rules
Session 5: Third Species Counterpoint (August 20, 2019)
Moving on to Third Species, we add one new big wrinkle.
3 lessons
1. Four To 1 Counterpoint
2. Cambiata
3. Double Neighbor Tones
Session 6: Fourth Species Counterpoint (August 27, 2019)
Moving on to Fourth Species, we now have ties and suspensions.
9 lessons
1. Rhythmic Displacement
2. Suspensions
3. Going Downhill
4. 4-3 Suspensions
5. 7-6 Suspension
6. 9-8 Suspensions
7. Consonant Suspensions
8. Chains Of Suspensions
9. Summary of 4th Species Counterpoint
Session 7: Fifth Species Counterpoint (September 3, 2019)
All bets are off!
5 lessons
1. Free Counterpoint
2. Writing Free Counterpoint
3. Fux Study Of Counterpoint
4. What Next
5. Thanks Bye
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Learning Outcomes

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What You Need to Take This Course

Students should be enthusiastic about music, but do not need to be producers or musicians. No prior experience is needed in music - All are welcome!

I'll be using a piece of software in this course that I would like students to get. Don't worry - it's free! And works on Mac and PC computers. I'll tell you more in the first few videos.

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