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Fundamentals of Music Theory

University of Edinburgh via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Music
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-8 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyse, and listen informedly. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony.

This course covers the fundamentals of Western music theory, from the absolute basics to some more advanced concepts and, as such, is the perfect course for beginners and more experienced musicians alike.

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Taught by

Michael Edwards, Zack Moir and Richard Worth

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Reviews for Coursera's Fundamentals of Music Theory
4.4 Based on 16 reviews

  • 5 stars 63%
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  • 3 stars 13%
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
Very challenging for complete beginners. The taught material is minimal for the complexity of the subject matter, and the quizzes/assignments often go beyond what has been adequately taught, so you're forced to resort to Google and Wikipedia. Quizzes with a time estimate of between 20 and 30 minutes have taken me hours and hours, and were impossible without additional research. Unfortunately, for some reason, the version of the course I sat (Nov. 16) had absolutely no tutor engagement - no tutor has been seen on the forums. It's the pre-recorded videos and associated text summaries, and that…
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Excellent course. Teaching is of a high standard. The community ecosystem on FB, Twitter and Coursera Forum brings the whole course alive. Humorous posts from around the world, side by side with in depth analysis by both staff and more experienced students. I decided to pay Coursera for the Signature Track, which involves using a webcam and type on a PC keyboard. The webcam was also useful on a Google Hangout on Air tutorial I attended in week 2. A really good course.
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Marianne M
5.0 4 years ago
by Marianne completed this course.
Fantastic course ... Phenomenal teaching team. They are intensely engaged and very helpful over the tough patches. Hang in there and you will have a foundation that will support any further pursuits in music. I plugged along and learned heaps. Did not take the final, but will take the class again and go for it because those that tried for it seemed like they were having a blast .
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Pam G
5.0 3 years ago
by Pam partially completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.
This is fundamentals, not an introduction. My music knowledge was not good enough to complete the course this time, but I've downloaded it and I'm still making progress. A fabulous course. I'll do it again for sure - and perhaps be able to finish it this time.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really like this course. It was a bit intense for my knowledge so I did not do my final test however I learnt a lot and would take it again !
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Anonymous
4.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Intense course, from scratch to total analysis of a classical piece of music. Great course, but absolutely not for starters in music theory.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Loving this course! I'm finding it really challenging, as it introduces a lot of new concepts and information, and I've never had any formal training in music, but the staff are helpful, engaged and approachable.
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Jos G
5.0 2 years ago
Jos completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent! Never learned so many fundamentals about music in such a short time. Never boring but needs a bit of perseverance though.
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Anonymous
3.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This class has much going for it. Lectures are interesting. Good organization. Links to sites that would further explain topics. Unfortunately there appears to be little or no instructor interaction on the discussion page, and corrections or clarifications that could have been made after the course was beta-tested were not made, ( except for an additional video on modulation) so questions are sometimes confusing. However, the worst thing is that, as far as I can see, they teach to one level and then base the final test, especially the second, peer-reviewed part, to a substantially harder level. I would not recommend this class for a total beginner, especially if they are paying for it. Suggest taking a more basic class first.
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Anonymous
2.0 6 months ago
Anonymous partially completed this course.
I found this incredibly frustrating. The lectures were great and easy to follow, I felt I was really developing a deeper understanding. BUT then the exams at the end of each lecture consistently required you to use these obscure cleffs that only people singing in large classical choirs need. Seriously. This course does not set itself out to be the intro to choral works of the great masters so why do we need to use these to demonstrate fundamentals like diminished chords? I found this too frustrating to complete the exams. Sorry Coursera this also means I won't pay to get the certificate and I am onto udemy now. Hopefully I get something a bit less oriented to the obsscure.
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4.0 3 years ago
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Marat M
5.0 3 years ago
by Marat partially completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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