Three courses in one: Music Theory, Ear Training, and Foundations of Music.
Take your music theory to the next level and fill in gaps in your knowledge and develop solid foundations now!
Learn music theory while developing the skills to hear and apply the concepts. Don't just cover music theory - learn to hear concepts!
Practice modules of increasing skill development follow each section.
Learn the basic elements of the musical score by completing assignments with free music scoring software!
Take steps toward becoming a fully formed musician with three courses in one.
Welcome to The Elements of Music. Drawing from and expanding on our top-selling music course, these lessons are designed to develop a deep understanding of music theory and apply this knowledge through carefully created ear training modules, skills building units, and lessons in music theory.
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What You'll Learn
Learn music theory, put that theory to practice in ear training, and then apply these two combined skills to applications in songs. Take the complete journey from theory to sound to song.
Develop a deep understanding of the fundamentals of music theory while building the skills to recognize what you hear and what you see.
This course is for those who want a deeper understanding of the musical world from theory through to application. It is suitable for beginners as well as intermediate students who seek to polish their skills and clarify their musical understanding.
There is also optional participation in the Active Learning Workbook so that you can learn by doing as you complete projects on a musical score with a variety of instruments. Learn the elements of music theory by doing.
Build the solid foundations to propel yourself forward in music with integrated music theory!
Learn music theory and much more including:
Foundations of Music Theory
Fundamentals of the Music Score
Music Notation for Multiple Instruments
The Overtone Series
Learning to Sing and Play on Pitch
Key Signatures - All Keys
Time Signatures - Basic, Compound, and Odd Meters!
The Major Scale and the Minor Scales - Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor
All Seven Modes
The Circle of Fifths
Chord Construction - Triad-based three-note chords, 7th chords (diatonic and non-diatonic), 6th Chords, Suspended Chords
Music Theory Matched with Ear Training
Roman Numeral Analysis for Applied Music Theory
And more plus hone your skills with Ear Training and Skills Building Practice Modules.
Learn music theory and apply music theory to what you hear in music and see on the page.
Music Theory Plus!
The Elements of Music - Music Theory, Ear Training and Foundations of Music
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An interval is the distance between any two notes. A semitone, or half-step, is the smallest interval in western music. If you move up or down on a piano keyboard key-by-key, without skipping any black key or white key, you are playing semitones. If you move up or down one fret at a time on a guitar or bass, you are playing semitones. A whole tone, or whole-step, is equal to two semitones.
Every key contains seven notes. In any major key, if we line up each of these notes according to pitch so that we can play them up and down, starting on the root and ending on an octave, we have the major scale.
If you were to run notes up the neck of a guitar playing only whole tones at every second fret, you would be playing a whole tone scale. The whole tone scale doesn’t have the same clear identity that a major or minor scale does.
A major scale has unique elements which give it its characteristic sound. It contains a specific collection of intervals: a root, major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect 5th, major 6th, and major 7th.
And, unlike the whole tone scale that has even steps between every note, the major scale contains two naturally occurring half-steps. In the major scale, these half steps (also called leading tones) are between the 3rd and 4th and the 7th and 8th notes of the scale.
These leading tones create a sense of gravity as they lead, or pull, toward a note a half-step away. The position of these half-steps helps to define both the scale itself, and each notes place and function within the scale.
The Elements of Music - Music Theory and Foundations of Music
The Elements of Music - Music Theory, Ear Training, and Foundations
- No prerequisites required.
- A desire to deepen your understanding of music and build solid musical foundations.
- Free music notation software on a computer is required to complete optional projects.
- Fill in gaps in your music theory and build solid musical foundations in notation and ear training.
- Takes steps toward becoming a fully formed musician.
- Be able to recognize and apply several principles of music theory.
- Learn chord, key, and scale construction for all major and minor keys.
- Singers and musicians -- improve your pitch.
- Understand chord construction and be able to recognize different chords by ear.
- Understand scale construction and be able to differentiate different scales simply by hearing them.
- Understand mode construction and be able to recognize all seven modes by ear.
- Be able to recognize intervals, triad types, and chord types by ear and clearly understand the music theory underlying them.
- Compose simple melodies in major and minor keys.
- Learn the skills to contribute creatively in any musical setting.
- Be able to analyze chord progressions and understand chord functions.
- Learn the fundamentals of music notation.
I am a Creative Director and graduate of the Musician's Institute with 20 years experience as a recording artist, songwriter and producer. I am the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Jupiter Tree Studios and all around lovely human being. I studied music under the great music pedagogues Carl Schroeder and Ioan Tettle.