About this Course
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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. Follow us on twitter @musictheorymooc #edmusictheory...
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Approx. 22 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Pitches, Scales, Modes and Chords

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Reading
6 videos (Total 42 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Musical Notes10m
Octaves10m
More on Scales6m
Introduction to Chords9m
Primary Chords4m
Reading6 readings
Meet the Teamm
Musical Notesm
Octavesm
More on Scalesm
Introduction to Chordsm
Primary Chordsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture One22m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Keys, Minor Scales, Intervals and Clefs

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Reading
6 videos (Total 40 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Sharps & Flats6m
Keys and Key Signatures12m
Minor Keys9m
Intervals6m
Ledger Lines and Clefs4m
Reading5 readings
Sharps and Flatsm
Keys and Key Signaturesm
Minor Keysm
Intervalsm
Ledger Lines and Clefsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture Two20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Rhythm and Form

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Reading
7 videos (Total 21 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Rhythmic Duration3m
Tuplets2m
Ties & Dots3m
Meter4m
Anacrusis, Phrases and Structure5m
Form2m
Reading6 readings
Rhythmic Durationm
Tupletsm
Ties and Dotsm
Meterm
Anacrusis, Phrases, and Structurem
Formm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture Three24m

4

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1 hour to complete

Harmony 1: Functional Harmony

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Reading
6 videos (Total 40 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Listening6m
Elaborating6m
Building6m
Harmonising12m
Summary7m
Reading5 readings
Listening to Triads and Hearing the Key Notem
Elaboratingm
Building Triadsm
Harmonisingm
Summarym
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lecture Four20m
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Top Reviews

By SSAug 23rd 2017

It was a very nice course. We were able to understand the basics of music theory and how the notations and chords work. Thank you so much to the entire staff of Edinburgh University and Coursera..:-)

By MNov 22nd 2016

If you don't know much about music theory, it's going to be pretty challenging, and still is reachable. You learn as much as you want with this courses. I'm glad I could finish it.

Instructors

Dr Michael Edwards

Reid School of Music, ECA

Dr Zack Moir

Teaching Fellow
Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art

Richard Worth

Edinburgh College of Art

Dr Nikki Moran

Reid School of Music, ECA

Eli Appleby-Donald

Edinburgh College of Art

About The University of Edinburgh

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