Курс Music Theory Level 2: Chord Progressions and Song Writing

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This class is for those who are looking to learn more about music theory and know the basic concepts covered in Music Theory Level 1. You should know about key signatures, how to write basic chord progressions and melodies before taking this course.
Level: 5 (Intermediate)

- Learn about the proper names of the scale degrees in a given key.
- Learn about the different minor scales and key signatures.
- Learn, identify, and write less common chord progressions.
- Learn about substitution chords.
- Learn about secondary dominant chords
- Learn about modulation.

Unit 1 Concepts
The proper names for scale degrees are explained with examples. The scale degrees for tonic through leading tone/sub tonic are introduced and should be memorized. The chords, built on each scale degree in major and natural (minor) scales can be either major, minor, or diminished, which is also to be memorized.
Unit 1 Worksheet
The video gives the directions for working with the worksheets for the assignments. The actual tasks are analyzed and explained step-by-step.
Unit 2 Concepts
The Unit 1 concepts are reviewed with attention to minor scales and minor key signatures. The minor key equivalents and the method of their finding are explained. The natural and harmonic minors are introduced.
Unit 2 Worksheet
The directions for worksheet assignment are given as well as some answers explained in detail.
Unit 3 Concepts
To understand chord progressions and substitutions, it is important to understand common tones – the notes that chords have in common. To create different sounds in a song, substitutions are used – that’s replacing a chord in a chord progression with another chord. The rules of such substitutions as well as common examples of substitutions are explained in this lesson.
Unit 3 Worksheet
The review of the worksheet contains an explanation of how the assignment should be approached. If you struggle with it, please find the answer sheet attached.
Unit 4 Concepts
Modulation or key change is done to give the song a different sound and feel. There are some common methods to do such a modulation, examples for which are provided in this lesson. It’s common to modulate to the Dominant, Sub-Dominant, relative minor, and parallel minor, using common chords, borrowing a chord from another key, that is referred as secondary dominant.
Work 4 Worksheet
The video goes over the general directions for the worksheet for this Unit.
  • What key signatures are
  • What a 1, 4, 5 chord progression is
  • What a melody and harmony is
Что Вы изучите?
  • Understand music on a deeper level
  • Understand chord progressions and modulations
  • Understand how to write more interesting songs
Timothy Wurm
Timothy Wurm
WCU Graduate, Professional Piano and Theory Instructor

I went to West Chester University' School of Music and Performing Arts Center in West Chester Pennsylvania. I also have a Masters in Information Technology from Kaplan University. I have been teaching piano for over five years now and teaching online for over two years. I have developed in that time a method for making high quality instructional videos using various forms of technology.

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Music Theory Level 2: Chord Progressions and Song Writing