edX: Music Theory 101

 with  Dr. Steven Laitz

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
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Music
Institution Juilliard
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $69 Certificate Available
Hours 3-4 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long

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