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Topics
Music Theory, Reading Music, Music Notation, Music Education
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Music Theory Level 2: Part Eleven

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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 11: Melody, Motives, and Phrases. It continues what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).

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.

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of Music Theory
  • Why phrases are important
  • Identifying Phrases
  • Finding Motives
  • Labeling Motives and Phrases
  • Melody Augmentation
  • Melody Diminution
  • Melody Inversion
  • Melody Extension and Truncation
  • Countour, Rhythm, Transposition, and Interval Alterations
  • Harmonizing altered melodies
  • Musical Sentences
  • Musical Periods
  • Antecedents
  • Consequents
  • Performing Phrases
  • Hypermeter
  • Phrase Rhythm
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 11: Melody, Motives, and Phrases 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 succesfully 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: 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. Intro
2. Tools
3. Review
4. The Full Muse Score File
Session 2: Identifying Phrases (May 17, 2021)
First, let's define what a "phrase" is, and how to spot them.
5 lessons
1. Why Do We Care About Phrasing
2. Defining A Phrase
3. Phrasing In Hey Jude
4. Finding Phrases
5. Phrase Notation
Session 3: Motives (May 24, 2021)
Let's drill down a little deeper and look at Motives.
4 lessons
1. Definition Of A Motive
2. Eleanor Rigby
3. Finding Motives in Eleanor Rigby
4. Labeling Motives
Session 4: Playing with Motives (May 31, 2021)
Once we identify motives, you can do a few tricks with them.
8 lessons
1. Motive Alternations
2. Setting Up A Motive
3. Contour Rhythm Transposition Interval
4. Motive Inversion
5. Motive Augmentation And Diminution
6. Extension And Truncation
7. Motive Fragmentation
8. Harmonizing Altered Motives
Session 5: Sentences (The musical kind) (June 7, 2021)
Now let's take another step in our musical gramatology and learn about musical sentences.
3 lessons
1. Musical Sentences
2. Finding Musical Sentences
3. Sentences Phrases And Motives
Session 6: Musical Periods (June 14, 2021)
Next, the period. It isn't exactly what you might think.
4 lessons
1. The Musical Period
2. Anticedents
3. Consequents
4. Periods
Session 7: Hypermeter (June 21, 2021)
A fun sounding word - this has to do with the shape of a melody.
3 lessons
1. Performing Phrases
2. Finding Hypermeter
3. Phrase Rhythm
Session 8: Vocabulary (June 28, 2021)
We learned a lot of terms in this class, so let's go over them all one more time to make sure we've got it.
5 lessons
1. Phrase And Motive
2. Manipulations
3. Sentences And Periods
4. What Next
5. 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.