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Topics
Music Theory, Reading Music, Music Notation, Music Education
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Music Theory Level 1: Part One

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

Welcome to the COMPLETE Music Theory Fundamentals Guide!

This is a class designed for the average person who is ready to dive in to music! Whether you are a beginning musician, 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.

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 1: How To Read Music. In it we will work through all the elements of notated music, and how it all works.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently
  • Music software: Notation programs
  • The elements of the Score
  • Pitch Names
  • Pitch Classes
  • Octaves
  • The White Keys
  • The Black Keys (not the band!)
  • Half-Steps and Whole-Steps
  • Clefs
  • Intervals
  • Naming Octaves
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Identifying Notes on the Keyboard
  • Beat and Beat Divisions
  • Tempo
  • Downbeats and Upbeats
  • Dotted Rhythms
  • Time Signatures
  • Ties
  • Accidentals
  • Form in Music Notation
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 1 - Reading Music & The Symbols of Music Notation, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

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

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Students who register for this course will receive ongoing exclusive content and discounts to all future classes in the series.

schedule

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Session 1: Getting Started (November 27, 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. Intro
2. My Approach To Theory
3. Tools You Need
4. MuseScore
Session 2: All The Little Dots (December 4, 2019)
In this section we will look at the notes on the score: What we call them, how to find them, and how they work.
4 lessons
1. The Elements of the Score
2. Pitch Names
3. Pitch Classes
4. Octaves
Session 3: The Keyboard Layout (December 11, 2019)
We use the piano keyboard to illustrate ideas in Music Theory. Don't worry, we don't need to learn how to play the piano. But being able to find notes on the piano is very useful.
5 lessons
1. The Keyboard Layout
2. The White Keys
3. The Black Keys
4. Half Steps and Whole Steps
5. Section Review
Session 4: Pitch Notation on the Staff (December 18, 2019)
Now we can put those things together, and find the pitches on the staff.
6 lessons
1. Staff Overview
2. Clefs
3. Treble Clef Refresher
4. Naming Notes and Intervals
5. Octave Names
6. Update: Naturals
Session 5: Notating time on a Musical Staff (December 25, 2019)
In this section, we will work with notating rhythms. We have a bunch of symbols that you've already seen to tell us when to play each note. In this section we will learn how to interpret rhythms.
6 lessons
1. Basic Rhythmic Elements
2. Dots
3. Rests
4. Time Signatures
5. Ties
6. Langagues
Session 6: Score Symbols and Conventions (January 1, 2020)
So far we have looked at reading notes and rhythms, but a music score shows us a lot more information than that. In this section we will look at all the other elements of a musical score.
3 lessons
1. Dynamics & Repeats
2. Accidental Behavior
3. Form
Session 7: Putting it All Together (January 8, 2020)
Now we know how music notation and the symbols of music work. But we have one more big step: Practice. Like any new language we need to practice it. In this section I'll go through my practice tricks.
4 lessons
1. Update-KeySignatures
2. Places To Find Scores Online
3. Tips For Practicing Notes And Rhythms
4. Thanks Bye
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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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