Intermediate Music Theory

Intro Video

This is an intermediate music theory course that helps the student understand how music is structured in relation to keys, intervals and rhythm. Each lesson includes a video presentation, a PDF presentation that the student can print for review, a worksheet and the answer sheet. The course consists of 15 lessons. If the student does 1 lesson per day, it will take approximately two weeks to complete. The course has 3 sections structured as follows:

Section 1: Overview

Section 2: Learning About KeysHalf Steps and Whole Steps • Intervals • Key Signatures • The Flat Keys • The Sharp Keys • Tetrachords • Major Scales • Circle of Keys

Section 3: RhythmThe Sixteenth Notes and Rests • Dotted Eight Notes • Alla Breve • 3/8 – 6/8 – 9/8 – 12/8 Time Signatures • Syncopation

Section 4: ReviewMusic theory is very important for a musician; it gives us a betterunderstanding 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.

Prerequisites:Be able to read music and play the piano.

Understand the staff, the clefs; know the letter names of all the notes, understand the measure and how to count the whole, half, quarter, eight notes and the dotted half and quarter notes and all the rests for these notes; understand the repeat signs, first and second endings; the tie and the slur; flats, sharps and accidentals.