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Music Theory Level 2: Part Twelve

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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 12: Sequences and Secondary Dominants. It finishes what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).

In this class, we will cover:

  • Analyzing Bach
  • Identifying Sequences
  • Melodic Sequences
  • Harmonic Sequences
  • Diatonic and Chromatic Sequences
  • The Descending Fifth Sequence
  • Alternating Inversions in Sequences
  • Ascending Fifth Sequences
  • Descending Third Sequences
  • Secondary Dominants
  • Chromatic Chords
  • Tonicization and Modulation
  • Secondary Leading Tone Chords
  • Leading Tones To Five
  • Tonicizing Other Scale Degrees
  • Leading Tone of Anything
  • Analyzing Beethoven
  • Resolving Secondary Dominants
  • Embellished Resolutions
  • Irregular Resolutions
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 12: Sequences and Secondary Dominants 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.


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


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. 1-Intro-theory12
2. 2-ToolsPart12
3. 4-ReviewPart12
4. 5-TheFullMuseScoreFilePart12
Session 2: Sequences (May 17, 2021)
Let's get started with a broad picture of what sequences are.
5 lessons
1. 7-BachInvetionInDMinor
2. 8-IndentifyingSequences
3. 9-SequenceDefinitions
4. 10-MelodicSequences
5. 11-DiatonicAndChromaticSequences
Session 3: Harmonic Sequences: Descending Fifth (May 24, 2021)
The most common sequence type we find is the descending fifth sequence. Some have called it the most powerful chord progression in music.
6 lessons
1. 13-WhatAreHarmonicSequences
2. 14-HarmonicSequenceRules
3. 15-RootPositionDescendingFifthSequence
4. 16-RootPositingAndFirstInversionAlternating
5. 17-FirstInmversionAndRootPositionAlternating
6. 18-BackToBach
Session 4: Other Common Sequence Types (May 31, 2021)
There are a few other common sequences that we find all over music. Let's take a look at a few of them.
5 lessons
1. 19-AscendingFifthSequence
2. 20-TheProblemWithDescendingThirds
3. 21-TheSolutionToDescendingThirds
4. 22-DescendingSeconds
5. 23-SpottingSequences
Session 5: Secondary Dominants (June 7, 2021)
Shifting Gears! Let's talk about secondary dominants and tonicizations.
5 lessons
1. 24-ChromaticChords
2. 25-TheBigPicture
3. 26-RulesOfVV
4. 27-WritingV7_VChords
5. 28-TonicizationAndModulation
Session 6: Secondary Leading Tone Chords (June 14, 2021)
Another version of secondary dominants is the secondary leading tone.
3 lessons
1. 29-RememberingDiminishedChords
2. 30-LeadingToneOfFive
3. 31-InversionsAndVariations
Session 7: Tonicizing Other Scale Degrees (June 21, 2021)
Another version of secondary dominants is the secondary leading tone.
4 lessons
1. 32-VofAnything
2. 33-VofviExample
3. 34-Exceptions
4. 35-LeadingToneOfAnything
Session 8: Beethoven, Sonata No. 15, Op. 28 (June 28, 2021)
Let's look at a looooong piece, and so a little analysis on it.
4 lessons
1. 36-Listening
2. 37-LongPieces
3. 38-Movement2
4. 39-Movement2-Part2
Session 9: Resolving Secondary Dominant and LT Chords (July 5, 2021)
Once you start working on these kinds of chords, we need to think about how they resolve. Or don't resolve.
6 lessons
1. 41-Curveballs
2. 42-EmbellishedResolutions
3. 43-IrregularResolutions
4. 44-SecondSemesterIsOver
5. 45-WhatNext
6. 46-Thanksbye
Session 10: Wrap Up! (July 12, 2021)
That's it for the Second Semester of College Music Theory!
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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.