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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Pitches, Scales, Modes and Chords

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6 videos (Total 42 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Musical Notes10m
Octaves10m
More on Scales6m
Introduction to Chords9m
Primary Chords4m
6 readings
Meet the Team
Musical Notes
Octaves
More on Scales
Introduction to Chords
Primary Chords
1 practice exercise
Lecture One22m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Keys, Minor Scales, Intervals and Clefs

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6 videos (Total 40 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Sharps & Flats6m
Keys and Key Signatures12m
Minor Keys9m
Intervals6m
Ledger Lines and Clefs4m
5 readings
Sharps and Flats
Keys and Key Signatures
Minor Keys
Intervals
Ledger Lines and Clefs
1 practice exercise
Lecture Two20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Rhythm and Form

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7 videos (Total 21 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Rhythmic Duration3m
Tuplets2m
Ties & Dots3m
Meter4m
Anacrusis, Phrases and Structure5m
Form2m
6 readings
Rhythmic Duration
Tuplets
Ties and Dots
Meter
Anacrusis, Phrases, and Structure
Form
1 practice exercise
Lecture Three24m
Week
4
1 hour to complete

Harmony 1: Functional Harmony

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6 videos (Total 40 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Listening6m
Elaborating6m
Building6m
Harmonising12m
Summary7m
5 readings
Listening to Triads and Hearing the Key Note
Elaborating
Building Triads
Harmonising
Summary
1 practice exercise
Lecture Four20m
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Top reviews from Fundamentals of Music Theory

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 MMApr 12th 2019

As a Buzzok player and a software engineer, this course encourages me to play on my instrument differently and to think in a new web application for music discipline !!\n\nThank you very much

Instructors

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Dr Michael Edwards

Reid School of Music, ECA
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Dr Zack Moir

Teaching Fellow
Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art
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Richard Worth

Edinburgh College of Art
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Dr Nikki Moran

Reid School of Music, ECA

Eli Appleby-Donald

Edinburgh College of Art

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