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A Six Month Course In Music Theory & Harmony
A Six Month Course In Music Theory & Harmony
A Six Month Course In Music Theory & Harmony
Item#: V-06

Course Description

Music Theory & Harmony: Boring? No!

It's An Exciting X-Ray Into How Music Works!

And you can learn it in just six months...

Dear Friend & Piano Player:


     It's a sad fact that most people, including piano players, regard music theory and harmony as some abstract concept that has very little to do with the songs they play on their pianos.

     Nothing could be further from the truth.

     Knowing music theory and harmony is the key to opening a whole new world of exciting insights into the songs we play, and enable us to do things on the piano we never dreamed we could do, to say nothing of enjoying the process a hundred times more.

You Will Learn...

  • How notation works -- a huge advantage in sight-reading.
  • The hierarchy of rhythm -- solving rhythm problems before they begin.
  • All kinds of scales -- the "ladders of notes" every song is composed of. Major scales, 3 types of minor scales, chromatic scales, whole tone scales, modal scales.
  • How transposition and modulation works -- playing songs in different keys, and getting from one key to another smoothly.
  • Complex time signatures, and what they tell you.
  • Perfect, major & minor intervals -- helps ear training greatly.
  • Two-part and four-part harmony.
  • Figured bass such as IV, V7, ii6, I6/4, etc. and how it relates to chord symbols such as Fm7, F6, Dmaj7, etc.
  • Harmonizing melodies with all these chords.
  • Open & close voicing, inversions, tetrachords, cut time, pick-up notes, secondary chords, form, cadences, non-harmonic tones, arranging for voices, arranging for piano, arranging for brass, arranging for strings, transposing instruments, key relationships and many other exciting insights into the inner workings of music!
  • And many, many other truths about music and how it all works in any song.

Music Theory & Harmony Month One
(Workbook #1 & Audio CD #1)

Beginning Theory Lessons 1-30:
Staff & Clef Signs; Line & Space Notation; Hierarchy of Note Values; Measures; Time Signatures; Dotted Notes: Ledger Lines; Repeat Signs; First & Second Endings; Ties & Slurs; Accidentals.

Music Theory & Harmony Month Two
(Workbook #2 & Audio CD #2)

Intermediate Theory Lessons 31-60:
Key Signatures; Flat & Sharp Keys; Sixteenth Notes & Rests; Dotted Eighth Notes: Alla Breve; Intervals; Whole & Half Steps; Tetrachords; Major Keys; Circle of Keys; Triple Meters; Syncopation.

Musical Theory & Harmony Month Three
(Workbook #3 & Audio CD #3)

Advanced Theory Lessons 61-90:
Chromatic Scales; Enharmonic Tones; Dynamic & Tempo Markings; Minor Scales; the Moveable "Do" System of Transposing; The Interval & Scale Degree Methods of Transposing; Complex Time Signatures; Perfect, Major & Minor Intervals; Augmented & Diminished Intervals; Two-Part Harmony; Major Triads; I - IV - V Triads; V7 Chord.

Musical Theory & Harmony Month Four
(Workbook #4 & Audio CD #4)

Elementary Harmony & Arranging Lessons 1-30:
Triads; Harmonizing with I and V Chords; Passing & Neighboring Tones; Harmonizing with I and V Arpeggios; Harmonizing with I, IV, and V Chords; Harmonizing with I, IV, and V7 Chords; Writing Melodies; Harmonizing with i, iv, and V7 Chords in Minor Keys; Recognizing Major Chords.

Theory & Harmony Month Five
(Workbook #5 & Audio CD #5)

Intermediate Harmony & Arranging Lessons 31-60:
Close & Open Positions in Voicing; Inversions of Triads; Inversions of V7; Inversions of Minor Chords; Four-Part Writing; Arranging for Voices; Secondary Chords (ii, iii, vi, vii); Transposing Instruments -- Sax, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, etc.; Arranging for Brass, Woodwinds, and Piano.

Theory & Harmony Month Six
(Workbook #6 & Audio CD #6)

Advanced Harmony & Arranging Lessons 61-90:
Form in Songs (Such as ABA, ABAB, ABCA, etc.);Cadences; Non-harmonic Tones: Modulation; V9 Chord; viidim7 Chord; Arranging for Strings; Key Relationships.

     So there you have it. Six months of exciting learning. You will fill out each workbook as you go, guided by the voice on the audio CD (that would be me :). It's a great course and you'll love it. But more than that, you'll love learning all about music from the inside, and how it all works together!

     If all this sounds complex, don't worry. You'll start right at the beginning and work your way gradually through everything from beginning to advanced harmony. Tuition for the entire six months of this wonderful music theory course is just $197.00, which is a tiny fraction of what you would pay in a resident college setting. (By the way, it's a 6 month course, but it is shipped all at once so you can take it at your own speed -- but don't skip around!)




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