Music theory Foundations is designed for any person interested in learning the basics of reading western sheet music. It is specifically tailored to students preparing for Music Theory in a college or university setting in the United States, but it is perfect for anyone simply looking to learn, or improve their understanding of, basic music theory.
What are the lessons like?
Lessons are presented in short, information-dense modules that are easy to manage and understand. There is no rambling in this course. The 26 complete lessons each have an accompanying quiz. There are 19 downloadable worksheets and answer-keys as well. The lessons are scripted structured to build on each other making the flow seamless in its progress.
Who teaches the course?
Dr. Max Keller is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Andrews University.
Who should take this course?
- Any beginning students should take this course without reservation
- High School or Middle School students who are wanting to be ready for the next level
- Anyone who wishes they could read music
- A person who feels they do not have a strong foundation in music theory
- College or university students taking the first year of music theory
- Someone who found other music theory courses boring
- An internet connection
- A browser with Flash
- A PDF reader
- A desire to learn to read music notation
- No prior knowledge is needed
- Read music notation
- Understand how to read meters and meter types
- Label melodic and harmonic intervals
- Determine the quality of triads
- Read key signatures
- Know multiple scales
- Start the basics of Figured Bass andRoman Numeral Analysis
Hi I'm Max Keller, I play the trumpet, compose, and teach music theory and composition at Andrews University. I hold a Doctor of Music in music theory and composition along with a Masters of Arts in Music, and Bachelor of Science in Music. In addition to teaching undergraduate, and graduate courses in music I have experience teaching elementary, middle school, and high school students.
Many instructors waste precious time when teaching. This not only makes students board, but leads them feel as if what they are learning is dull. My lessons are written to be concise and packed with information. If you don't like hearing long pauses, um, uh, or an instructor who repeats themselves over and over as they think of what next to say my courses are perfect for you. With that said, I look forward to helping you learn more about music.