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Getting Started With Music Theory

Michigan State University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Music
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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This course is a brief introduction to the elements of music theory for those with little or no music theory experience. We will explore pitch, rhythm, meter, notation, scales, keys, key signatures, meter signatures, triads, seventh chords, and basic harmony. If you listen to music or play music by ear, and you want to know more about how music is organized and notated, this course is for you.

By the end of the course, you should know all major and minor keys, how to read and write in treble and bass clef using standard meters and rhythmic values, and how to notate and harmonize a simple melody. This course can serve as a stand-alone basic music theory course, or it can be a springboard to more advanced theory and composition courses.

Your instructor is Bruce Taggart, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Michigan State University, in the College of Music, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate music theory since 1996.

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Bruce Taggart

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Jennifer T
4.0 7 months ago
Jennifer completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This was a very informative class. I am a person not coming from a musical background so the course content was confusing and overwhelming at times. I did pass the course with an 89% which is not my best work. I understand the mathematics behind reading music and cannot wait to use my knowledge.
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