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Music Theory Level 1: Part Two

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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 2: Chords, Scales, & Keys. In it we will focus on how notes are arranged in order to makes chords, different scales, and how those work together to make keys.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently
  • Chromatic and Diatonic scales
  • Ordered Pitch Class Collections
  • The pattern of a Major Scale
  • Scale Degrees
  • Solfege
  • Writing melodies with major scales
  • Analyzing melodies
  • What it means to be "in key"
  • Key signatures
  • How to identify key signatures
  • Popular song analysis
  • Building triads (chords)
  • Diatonic chord progressions
  • Roman numeral analysis
  • Inversions
  • Finding chords by formula
  • The thirds inside of a chord
  • Finding fifths by finding thirds
  • Diminished triads
  • Augmented triads
  • Chords on the guitar
  • Full Analysis: Canon in D (Pachabel)
  • Full Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach)
  • 7th Chords
  • Major 7th Chords
  • Minor 7th Chords
  • Dominant 7th Chords
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for this course 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.

Please click the "Take This Course" button so you can launch your music career today.


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


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


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.
2 lessons
1. Overview
2. Tools We Will Use
Session 2: Chromatic & Diatonic Scales (May 19, 2021)
Will start by talking about what scales are. This will be important as we start to learn the patterns of major scales.
4 lessons
1. What Are Scales?
2. Chromatic And Diatonic
3. Ordered Pitch Class Collections
4. Chromatic Scales
Session 3: The Major Scale (May 26, 2021)
We dive in to scales with the most common and popular scale you will encounter: the Major Scale.
4 lessons
1. Whole And Half Pattern
2. Scale Degree And Tonic
3. Solfege
4. Practice
Session 4: Scales and Keys (June 2, 2021)
Knowing major scales will only get us so far. We need to understand how to use these scales before we go any further.
3 lessons
1. Using Major Scales
2. Melody Analysis
3. What Is A Key
Session 5: Major Keys (June 9, 2021)
Key signatures tell us in a really quick and efficient way all the notes in the key. In this section we will work on understanding and identifying key signatures.
3 lessons
1. Major Key Overview
2. What Are Key Signatures
3. Identifying Key Signatures
Session 6: Chords! (June 16, 2021)
The moment you've been waiting for: Time to dive into understanding chords.
8 lessons
1. What Are Chords
2. Song Analysis
3. Triads
4. Building Triads
5. Diatonic Chord Progressions
6. Inversions
7. Roman Numerals
8. Analysis
Session 7: Dissecting Triads (June 23, 2021)
The moment you've been waiting for: Time to dive into understanding chords.
4 lessons
1. What Is Inside Of A Triad
2. The Third Holds The Power
3. Finding Thirds By Half Steps
4. Finding The Fifth By Thirds
Session 8: More with Triads (June 30, 2021)
We still haven't addressed those diminished chords, and there is one other type we haven't talked about at all yet.
4 lessons
1. Diminished Triads
2. Augmented Triads
3. Adding Octaves To Triads
4. Guitar Chords
Session 9: Pieces for Analysis (July 7, 2021)
In this section we will let the rubber hit the road, and do a full analysis of 2 pieces.
6 lessons
1. Analysis Overview
2. Analysis Canon In D
3. Non-chord Tones
4. Minuet In G - Part 1
5. Minuet In G - Part 2
6. Minuet In G - Part 3
Session 10: 7th Chords (July 14, 2021)
There are more chords than just triads. If we add another note, we end up with 7th chords.
8 lessons
1. 7th Chords Overview
2. 4 Types of 7th Chords
3. Major 7th Chords
4. Minor 7th Chords
5. Dominant 7th Chords
6. Blues Chords
7. 56-WhatNext
8. 57-ThanksBye
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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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