Music Theory course I

 
 

Aim:  to introduce popular music theory using an easy-to understand teaching style that assumes no previous knowledge and which also prepares students to sit a Grade 2 exam (optional)

 

Content:

 

Scales and Keys: this section includes the following:

* Knowledge of the Major scale in selected keys: C, G, D, F

* Knowledge of the Minor scale in selected keys: A, E, B, D

* Knowledge of the Minor Pentatonic in selected keys: A, E, B, D

* Knowledge of the Major Pentatonic in selected keys: C, G, D, F

* Introduction to the Cycle of 5ths

* Introduction to scale spellings and their use

* Notation of scales and keys above on the treble and bass clefs

 objective: the student will be able to write out the keys and scales listed above on either the treble or bass clefs; will be able to recognise these scales based on the notated versions; and wiill be able to use the cycle of fifths to work out key signatures for various keys.

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 Chords: this section includes the following:

 * knowledge of various chord types including Major, Major 7th, Minor, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th

* Knowledge of chord spellings and their use

* Introduction to root notes and chord symbols

 objective: the student will be able to write out varous chord types for different root notes on either the treble or bass clefs; will be able to name chords; will be able to work out what notes make up the different chord types for different root notes.

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 Rhythm: this section includes the following:

 * An introduction to note types: European and North American names

* How to write notes on the treble and bass clef

* An introduction to time signatures and tempo markings

* An introduction to the etiquette of notating music with practical exercises

* An introduction to the rules governing how notes are grouped

* An introduction to written musical instructions including dynamic markings, repeat signs

* An introduction to chord charts

 objective: the student will be able to take the first steps towards being able to notate musical ideas as well as interpret written music for performance purposes.

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 Harmony: this section includes the following:

* An introduction to diatonic chord formulas for major and minor scales: triads

* Technical terms for scale degrees

* Chord numbering systems

* Simple chord progressions and key analysis

 objective: the student will be able to relate scales and keys to chord progressions and be able to identify which scale to use for improvisation purposes. The student will be able to identify the triads that make up any of the major and minor scales listed above.