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Music Theory Level 2: Part Eight

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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 8: Harmonic Expansion. In it we will cover all the tools that composer have used to get away from the traditional diatonic chord progression, and create innovative new harmonies.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of Music Theory
  • The Cadential 6/4
  • Chord Function
  • Writing Cadential 6/4 Chords
  • Neighboring 6/4 Chords
  • Pedal 6/4 Chords
  • Writing Neighboring 6/4 Chords
  • The Arpeggiating 6/4 Chord
  • Parallelism in Music
  • New Analysis Notations
  • The V7 as a Tonic Expansion
  • Other V7 Expansions
  • The Double-Neighbor V7 Expansion
  • Submediant Expansions
  • ...and much, much more!


And of course, once you sign up for Part 8 - Harmonic Expansion 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.

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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 obsorbed 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: Welcome & Overview (May 10, 2021)
Welcome to the class! A few things to get out of the way before we dive in.
4 lessons
1. Welcome Overview
2. Tools
3. Review Worksheets
4. Master Example File
Session 2: The Cadential 6/4 Chord (May 17, 2021)
Why does a chord warrant it's own section, and pretty near it's own class? This one poses a lot of questions and special attention.
5 lessons
1. What Is A Cadential 64 Chord
2. Chord Function
3. Dominant Expansion
4. My Country Tis Of Thee Example
5. Writing Cadential 64 Chords
Session 3: Neighboring or Pedal 6/4 Chords (May 24, 2021)
Another type of 6/4 chord that gets special attention: The Neighboring 6/4.
4 lessons
1. The Neighbor 64 Chord
2. Properties Of Neighbor 64
3. Using Neighboring 64 on Dominant
4. Writing Neighboring 64 Chords
Session 4: Arpeggiating 6/4 Chords (May 31, 2021)
We can also land on a 6/4 chord through an arpeggiation of a bass line.
2 lessons
1. The Arpeggiating 64 Chord
2. My Country Tis Arpeggiating 64
Session 5: The Passing 6/4 Chord (June 7, 2021)
Next, let's look at the Passing 6/4. This one is a little trickier than the Arpeggiating 6/4 because it has some variations.
4 lessons
1. The Passing 64
2. Using The Passing 64 on Other Chords
3. Writing Passing 64 Chords
4. 64 Chord Wrap Up
Session 6: Other Expansions of the Tonic Area (June 14, 2021)
Let's shift, just a little, to looking at similar chords and ways we can expand the tonic section of a passage of music.
12 lessons
1. Other Expansion Ideas
2. Shenkerian Analysis
3. Parallelism
4. Rule For Subdominant Function
5. New Notations
6. The V7 As Tonic Expansion
7. Other V7 Expansions
8. The Double Neighbor V7 Expansion
9. Sub Mediant Expansions
10. Thoughts On Extensions
11. What Next
12. 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.