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Music Theory Level 1: Part Four

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Course Description

Welcome to the COMPLETE Music Theory Fundamentals Guide!

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to take their music career (or music interest) and turn it into a business. Whether you are an active musician, an aspiring musician, or an aspiring music manager or agent - 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.

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. If you've tried to learn music theory before, or if you are just starting out - this series of courses is the perfect fit.

Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated Udemy instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes.

Throughout this class, If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible.

This class is Part 4: Modes and Counterpoint. In it we will learn all about the musical modes, how they are used, and how composers have used them throughout history. We will also begin our exploration of counterpoint.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently
  • How Modes Work
  • The History of Modes
  • Identifying the Musical Modes
  • Incorporating modes into popular music
  • Analysis of popular and classical music, including the Simpsons TV Theme Song, and the Beetles.
  • Interval Exploration
  • Compound Intervals
  • Rules for Inversion
  • Augmented Intervals
  • Diminished Intervals
  • Enharmonic Equivalence
  • Labeling Dissonance
  • Counterpoint in Species
  • The Rules of Counterpoint
  • Compositing with Counterpoint
  • Types of Contrapuntal Motion
  • Creating music with Counterpoint
  • ...and much, much more!

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

All the tools you need to successfully learn Music Theory are included in this course and the entire course is based on real-life experiences - not just academic theory.

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Praise for Courses by Jason Allen:

"It seems like every little detail is being covered in an extremely simple fashion. The learning process becomes relaxed and allows the complex concepts to get absorbed easily. My only regret is not taking this course earlier." - M. Shah

"Great for everyone without any knowledge so far. I bought all three parts... It's the best investment in leveling up my skills so far.." - Z. Palce

"Excellent explanations! No more or less than what is needed." - A. Tóth

"VERY COOL. I've waiting for years to see a good video course, now I don't have to wait anymore. Thank You!" - Jeffrey Koury

"I am learning LOTS! And I really like having the worksheets!" - A. Deichsel

"The basics explained very clearly - loads of really useful tips!" - J. Pook

"Jason is really quick and great with questions, always a great resource for an online class!" M. Smith


schedule

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

Session 1: Getting Started (May 12, 2021)
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 Scales
4. Review Diatonic Chord Progressions
Session 2: Modes (The Musical Modes, AKA The Church Modes) (May 19, 2021)
We've learned how to work with the major scale and the minor scale. But what if there was more than that? More possible "types" of scales? There are - and they are called Modes.
10 lessons
1. Overview Of Modes
2. How Modes Work
3. History Of Modes
4. Ionian Mode
5. Dorian Scale
6. Phyrgian Mode
7. Lydian Mode
8. Mixolydian
9. Aeolean Mode
10. Locrian Mode
Session 3: Using Modes (May 26, 2021)
Now that we know what modes are, we should look at how to use them, and how other composers have used them.
4 lessons
1. Old To New Again
2. Simpsons Theme
3. Choir Example
4. Eleanor Rigby
Session 4: Deeper Into Intervals (June 2, 2021)
In previous classes in this series, we've learned a lot about intervals. But not everything. In this section we will cover some gaps and introduce some new intervals.
9 lessons
1. Melodic Vs Harmonic Intervals
2. Visual Landmarks
3. Compound Intervals
4. Major Minor Perfect Intervals
5. Inversions Of Intervals
6. Summary Of Intervals So Far
7. Augmented And Diminished Intervals
8. The Tritone
9. Enharmonic Equivalence
Session 5: Consonance and Dissonance (June 9, 2021)
Now that we've explored some more dissonant intervals, we should talk about how the consonant and dissonant intervals work together.
4 lessons
1. Constant And Dissonance
2. Resolution
3. Interval Classes
4. Analyzing Intervals
Session 6: Introduction to Counterpoint (June 16, 2021)
Counterpoint is one of the most important concepts in writing music. Many composers claimed the study of counterpoint was even more important that the study of harmony.
7 lessons
1. Connecting Melodic Intervals
2. First Species Counterpoint Rules
3. Connecting Harmonic Intervals
4. Types Of Contrapuntal Motion
5. Parallel Fifths and Octaves
6. What Is Counterpoint
7. Species Of Counterpoint
Session 7: Writing Note-To-Note Counterpoint in Strict Style (June 23, 2021)
Now that we know the basic rules, we will dive in and write our own piece!
6 lessons
1. Beginning And The End
2. The Middle
3. Reminschnieder
4. All The Rules
5. What Next
6. 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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