Music Theory: Basics 2 – UC Approved
Description: Welcome to Music Theory: Basics 2! This course is a continuation of Music Theory: Basics 1 and builds on the concepts of reading and writing music. Students will learn more about the function of keys, scales, and chords, enabling them to better understand how music works. This semester also targets ear training for intervals and chords, giving students the tools to better identify and transcribe what they hear everyday when listening to music. Students can expect to learn about theoretical concepts, hear clear examples of these ideas in real world settings, and then test their comprehension of the topics through practical assignments like composition and listening assignments. Students will be taken through minor scale construction up through seventh chords (and their inversions), harmonic rhythm, and popular chord progressions. Students can expect to encounter a variety of listening and composition assignments, as well as lesson quizzes and exams. By the end of the course, students will have a portfolio of work that reflects the progress they made and will be ready for the next semester! By taking this course students are preparing themselves to enjoy music on levels they never knew possible!
Lesson 1: Major and Minor Key Signatures, Circle of Fifths
- A (very) brief history of accidentals and key signatures
- Key signatures
- Sharp key signatures
- Flat key signatures
- Circle of Fifths
Lesson 2: Relative and Parallel Relationship
- Relative relationships
- Parallel relationships
Lesson 3: Intervals
- Melodic and Harmonic Intervals
- Interval Quality
- Diatonic intervals in the major scale
- Diatonic intervals in the natural minor scale
- Ear training
Lesson 4: Intervals Part II
- Review of intervals
- Augmented and diminished intervals
- Minor 2nds, tritones, and unisons
- Enharmonic equivalents
- Consonant and dissonant intervals
- Interval reference charts and songs for intervals
Lesson 5: Interval Inversion
- Interval inversions
- Inverting intervals
- Inverted interval quality
Lesson 6: Compound Intervals
- Why do we have compound intervals?
- Simple vs. compound intervals
- Labeling compound intervals
- References for simple and compound intervals
- Ear training
Lesson 7: Triads
- What is a triad?
- Major triads
- Minor triads
- Augmented triads
- Diminished triads
- Ear training
Lesson 8: Seventh Chords
- What is a seventh chord?
- Major seventh chords
- Dominant seventh chords
- Minor seventh chords
- Half diminished seventh chords
- Diminished seventh chords
Lesson 9: Triad and Seventh Chord Inversion
- What are triad inversions?
- Root position triads
- First inversion triads
- Second inversion triads
- What are seventh chord inversions?
- First, second, and third inversion seventh chords
Lesson 10: Harmonic Rhythm and Syncopation
- What is harmonic rhythm?
- Musical examples of harmonic rhythm
- What is syncopation?
- Examples of syncopation
- Performance Review
*Please note: there are other lesson components and assignments that are not reflected on this summary.
- Pencil and notebook paper
- Computer and internet access
- Instrument in playable condition (highly recommended)