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Music Theory

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 with Austin Blair






short description:
Learn the Inner Workings of Music Now!
 
long description:
In this course, you will be learning about the language of music. The main thing to know about music theory is that it is simply a way to explain the music we hear. Music had existed for thousands of years before theory came along to explain what people were trying to accomplish innately by pounding on their drums. Don’t ever think that you can’t be a good musician just because you’ve never taken a theory class. In fact, if you are a good musician, you already know a lot of theory. You just may not know the words or scientific formulas for what you’re doing.

The concepts and rules that make up music theory are very much like the grammatical rules that govern written language. Being able to transcribe music makes it possible for other musicians to read and play compositions exactly as the composer intended. Learning to read music is almost exactly like learning a new language, to the point where a fluent person can “hear” a musical “conversation” when reading a piece of sheet music.

There are plenty of intuitive, self-taught musicians out there who have never learned to read or write music and find the whole idea of learning music theory tedious and unnecessary. However, just like the educational leaps that can come with learning to read and write, music theory can help musicians learn new techniques, perform unfamiliar styles of music, and develop the confidence to try new things.

What is important to remember, though, is that music theory is to composers what grammar is to poets. Music theory can tell you what musicians and composers have done in the past and why it works, but it doesn't dictate what you have to do. Just as poets aren't limited to the strict rules of grammar, musicians, too, have the poetic license to ignore certain "rules" of music theory in order to create the piece they want to create.

However, the inescapable fact is this: you get out of music what you put into it. If you want to be able to play classical music, you must be able to keep a steady beat, and understanding how the harmonies fit together can make it much easier to play because you can see what's coming before you even get there. If you want to be a rock musician, then knowing the notes you need to play in a given key is especially important. Learning to play and understand music takes a lot of personal discipline, but in the end, it's worth all the hard work.


 
level of difficulty:
all welcome
 
minimum class size:
1
 
availability:
This is simply an approximation of my office hours. If I happen to cancel a lesson, the student will receive a message saying this at least 12 hours in advance to their lesson.

Monday - Friday @ 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday @ 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

 
fee comments:
This is a very extensive course, meaning that you will gain quite a lot of musical knowledge from it. However, in these tough economic times, I do not wish to put a burden on my students, and thus, where most music theory courses range from $400 to even more than a thousand, I am giving you this course for no more than $100.
 
 session structure




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Introduction and Fundamentals

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Aspects of Sound
- The Staff and Clefs
- Octave Designation
- Accidentals, Ledger Lines, and Notation
- Performance Considerations


0h 45m



Rhythm, Meter, and Metric Organization

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Notating Rhythm
- Dots and Ties
- Metric Organization
- Simple and Compound Meter
- Asymmetrical Meters
- Triplets and Duplets
- Downbeats and Upbeats
- Rhythmic Notation Guidelines


1h 0m



Scales, Keys, and Modes

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- The Chromatic Scale
- Key Signatures
- The Major Scale Pattern
- The Circle of Fifths
- The Minor Scale Pattern
- Performing Scales
- Scale Degree Names
- Pentatonic Scale
- Whole-Tone Scale
- Dimi


1h 0m



Aural Exam

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- The Chromatic Scale
- Key Signatures
- The Major Scale Pattern
- The Circle of Fifths
- The Minor Scale Pattern
- Performing Scales
- Scale Degree Names
- Pentatonic Scale
- Whole-Tone Scale
- Dimi


1h 0m



Singing Fundamentals

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Aural Skills
- Singing Warm-Ups in Major
- Singing Warm-Ups in Minor
- The Chromatic Scale in Solfege
- Sight-Singing Tips


1h 0m



Intervals, Triads, and Seventh Chords

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Intervals
- Identifying Interval Quality
- Strategies For Difficult Intervals
- Building and Recognizing Triads
- Chord Inversions
- Building and Recognizing Seventh Chords
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1h 0m



Chords In Diatonic Context

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Triads in a Diatonic Context
- Diatonic Triads in Major and Minor
- Diatonic Seventh Chords
- Inversion Symbols
- Realizing Figured Bass
- Creating the Chord Stack
- Altered Notes in the Chord Stack
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1h 0m



Function and Cadences

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Chord Function
- Cadences



1h 0m



Aural Exam

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Chord Function
- Cadences



1h 0m



Fundamentals of Harmonic Composition

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- The Simple Part-Writing Rules
- Part-Writing Examples


1h 0m



Harmonic Progression

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Common Harmonic Progressions
- Circle Progression
- How Does Inversion Affect the Function of a Chord in a Progression?
- Progression vs. Retrogression
- Harmonic Rhythm
- Fundamentals of Melodic Harmoniza


1h 0m



Melodic Composition

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- The Building Blocks of Melodic Form
- How Melodies Are Constructed
- How You Choose Which Notes For A Melody
- Melodic Structure
- Non-Chord Tones


1h 0m



Melodic Dictation

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Understanding the Melody and Rhythm


1h 0m



Midterm Exam

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Understanding the Melody and Rhythm


1h 0m



Key Relationships

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Mode Mixture
- Modulation
- Closely Related Keys


1h 0m



Secondary Function Harmony

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Recognizing, Building, Resolving, Hearing, and Notating Secondary Dominants and Leading Tones
- Relating Secondary Function to Sight-Singing, Melodic Dictation, Harmonizing a Melody, Harmonic Dictation, Part-W


1h 0m



Aural Exam

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Recognizing, Building, Resolving, Hearing, and Notating Secondary Dominants and Leading Tones
- Relating Secondary Function to Sight-Singing, Melodic Dictation, Harmonizing a Melody, Harmonic Dictation, Part-W


1h 0m



The Process of Harmonic Composition

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Part-Writing and Resolutions


1h 0m



Harmonic Dictation

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Implied Harmonies


1h 0m



Visual Score Analysis

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Phrase Structure and Sectional Form
- Texture
- Instrumentation and Identification of Timbre
- Transposition


1h 0m



Strategies for Multiple Choice

live session

In this session, we will be looking at:

- Phrase Structure and Sectional Form
- Texture
- Instrumentation and Identification of Timbre
- Transposition


1h 0m



Strategies for Melodic Dictation

live session

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1h 0m



Strategies for Harmonic Dictation

live session

n.a.


1h 0m



Strategies for Harmonizing a Melody

live session

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1h 0m



Strategies for Sight-Singing

live session

n.a.


1h 0m



Final Exam

live session

n.a.


1h 0m



Final Exam

live session

n.a.


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total duration: 25h 45m over 27 session(s)
comments: This is a full music theory course, and thus, you can see the syllabus that is planned in the session structure. Please note that I do not expect each of those sessions to be an hour, and that the approximate duration is merely an estimate. This is a self-paced course, and thus, however long it takes the student to learn these things is the actual duration of the course.
 

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languages: English
duration: 25h 45m over 27 session(s)
fee: 100US$  (1000lp)
payment: on satisfaction
delivery method: live online and self-paced

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United States


Austin Blair



description of :
Fun and energetic with a zest of positive energy
 
Teacher's qualifications:
Experienced musician with 7+ years of vocal and music training
 
's preferred teaching style:
Lecture/Discussion Type Format, Questions Welcome at Anytime, and Always Feel Free to Share Your Comments or Concerns
 



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