Music Theory


This portion of the site is devoted to the study of Music Theory and it's application. The lessons build on previous lessons, so if you come across an unfamiliar term or idea not explained in the lesson, it might help to go back and read through previous lessons. Some of this information can be found in a different form in either the lesson archives, or the on-line book. These lessons are more streamlined and do not contain as much review per lesson.


Beginner's Theory lessons

These lessons work step-by-step through the conventions, and abstractions considered foundational to further studies.

  1. Basic intro: time + sound
  2. Notating pitch
  3. Basics of Rhythm
  4. Time Signatures
  5. Intervals
  6. Intro to Scales
  7. Major Scale
  8. Minor scale
  9. Key Signatures
  10. Triads
  11. Intro to Form and Style

Glossary of terms


Intermediate Theory Lessons


  1. Transposition
  2. Cadences
  3. This site is under construction. Anything listed without a link is in the editing phase or on the list to be edited soon.

  4. Melodic Analysis
  5. Advanded Rhythmic concepts
  6. Voice-leading
  7. Progressions
  8. Seventh Chords
  9. Modulation
  10. Secondary Dominants
  11. Binary and Terenary Forms


Intermediate/Advanced Theory Lessons

  1. Polyphony
  2. Counterpoint
  3. Borrowed Chords
  4. Augmented 6th chords
  5. Classical forms: fugue, sonata, rondo
  6. 9th, 11th, 13th chords
  7. altered dominants and chromatic mediants
  8. 12-tone technique


Jazz Theory Lessons

  1. Chord Functionality
  2. Embellishment
  3. Voicing, Voice-leading, cadences, progressions
  4. Modal harmony
  5. Non-functional harmony
  6. Blues rhythms and structures
  7. Reharmonization
  8. Non-tertian Harmonizations
  9. Chord Substitution



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