Beginning Music Theory

Intro Video

For those that are interested in learning about music theory, I have put together a course for beginners designed to teach you about music notation, including note values and rests, key signatures, flats, sharps and accidentals and rhythm.

This is a beginning music theory course, that is built to provide step by step information in a logical and systematical way. This course will cover:

  • The Staff & Clef Signs
  • Note Values & Their Rests
  • The Measure & Time Signatures
  • Ledger Lines
  • Repeat Signs & 1st and 2nd Endings
  • The Tie & the Slur
  • Flats, Sharps & Accidentals

The course is devided in short video lessons, accompanied by an outline and a worksheet. An answer worksheet is also provided. The student should answer the questions in the worksheet and check his work with the answer worksheet. The worksheet itself is a major part of the course, since it helps solidify the concepts learned in the video. It is highly recommended not to skip it.

This course is designed for 12 year old students and up. Keep in mind that this is a beginning course, for those that do not have any knowledge of music theory, but it is helpful if the student has a piano and a recognition of the name of the piano keys.

Music theory is very important for a musician; it gives us a better understanding of the music we are performing and a structural platform for improvisation. It helps us to sight read, transpose, improvise, compose, and perform better. If you understand the theory behind the music, it will help you perform the piece with a deeper knowledge. Theory is the grammar of the musical language and we need to know it in order to speak the language of music correctly. It helps us understand how music fits together and why it sounds the way it does. For a person desiring to become a musician, music theory is a must.

By the end of the course, the student should be able to write, read and play simple melodies and understand basic rhythm principles.

You will need a computer with internet access and a printer, pencil and eraser and willingness to learn.