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Music Theory 101

Juilliard via edX

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Developed by Juilliard faculty member Dr. Steven Laitz, this Music Theory 101 online course teaches you the foundations of music theory from a classical music perspective in an engaging and straightforward manner.

In six weeks, you will develop the knowledge of music theory needed to become a better player and feel more confident writing for any musical genre - from classical to rock to electronic music.

You'll learn the fundamentals of reading sheet music, including pitch, rhythm, and key signatures. You'll explore rhythm and pitch, major and minor keys, and learn how they combine to create a melody. Finally, you'll expand your newfound knowledge and learn to write a simple melody of your own.


Module 1: Pitch and Tonality Module 2: Intro to Pitch Notation, How to Read and Write Pitches, Intro to Intervals Module 3: Note Value, Grouping and Expectation, Meter Module 4: Chromatic Collection, Keys and Scales, Key Signatures Module 5: Introduction to Mode, Minor Modes and Variations, Consonance and Dissonance Module 6: Melody

Taught by

Dr. Steven Laitz


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