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Coursera: Fundamentals of Music Theory

 with  Michael Edwards, Zack Moir and Richard Worth
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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Syllabus

Pitches, Scales, Modes and Chords


Keys, Minor Scales, Intervals and Clefs


Rhythm and Form


Harmony 1: Functional Harmony


Harmony 2: Inversions, Cadences and Sequences


Final Exam


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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Music
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 5-8 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long
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16 reviews for Coursera's Fundamentals of Music Theory

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
a year ago
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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 hour Read More
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's it - no tutor feedback about anything. At first, I liked that it was more intellectually rigorous than some music theory courses, but in the end, I felt it had been too ambitious, trying to cover too much too quickly, and definitely not for the fainthearted. Weaknesses compounded by technical issues - no way to save quiz progress, and if you're nearly finished when your browser hangs, you lose the lot.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Pam Gould 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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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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10 months ago
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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 wer Read More
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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2 years ago
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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 invo Read More
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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2 years ago
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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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11 months ago
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Jos Gysenbergs 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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Mieke De Bruijn completed this course.
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Marat Minshin partially completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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