Course Code: lrm
Examine the major elements of music—melody, harmony, and rhythm. You will understand and explore these general terms in many future lessons. Then, learn about the concept of rhythm and explore its various components: beat, meter, and time signatures.
Explore the concept of meter and examine aspects of rhythm such as syncopation and tempo. You will learn how and why syncopation is used. Then, learn to read the treble and bass clefs. You will learn to read notes found in musical compositions and how to notate pitches to create music.
Discover how to notate pitches that do not fall on the musical staff through the use of ledger lines. Then, identify the names of the keys on the keyboard and learn to match pitches from the staff to the keyboard.
Discover how to build major scales - the building blocks of music. You will find out how to construct a scale on any pitch. Then, learn the names of each member of the scale and examine the origin and influence of these names.
Examine the names of the major keys and learn how to recognize the name of a key by the key signature. You will also find out how to recognize a scale from the name of the key. Then, discuss harmony and focus on creating more than one pitch at a time.
Learn how to invert intervals and how this knowledge applies to working with chords. You will discover how to build three note chords, which are called triads. Finally, examine some of the simple relationships between triads. You will learn how to identify which chord should be used for harmony in simple two chord progressions.
Marianne Murawski earned her Ph.D. in Music Theory from the University of Maryland, her M.M (master of music) in Music Theory, and her B.A. in Music. Her dissertation, Theory through World Music, focused on developing an introductory music theory course that used world music examples. She has been teaching courses in music fundamentals, music appreciation, history of rock music, and world music at several colleges and universities. She is an active member of the College Music Society, giving presentations at Conferences including an International Conference in Vienna, Austria.
This course is geared towards those who have no musical background, those who play but do not read music, or anyone who is interested in understanding the fundamentals of music. There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I'm amazed how much I learned about reading music and music theory in such a short time and with such little effort. The course is well organized and interesting. Thanks!"
I must admit that when I first read about this course, I laughed and thought there was no way that in 6 weeks I would be able to read and write music. I will now eat my words. I not only understand what I am doing when it comes to reading and writing music, but I am feeling a lot more confident when I perform. Thank you so much."
I truly enjoyed this course. Thank you for having this music refresher course at such an affordable price."
It was nice to see a different perspective to music instruction. The extra lessons were interesting too. It was nice to learn more about the composers and history of music."
What a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a topic without getting overwhelmed!"
Thank you very much. I gained so much knowledge! I am going to start taking piano lessons which I always wanted to take."
Thank you very much for this course. I learned a lot and truly enjoyed it."
Great course, with a very knowledgeable instructor who made difficult concepts easy to understand. I highly recommend both the course and the instructor!"
Marianne put together an outstanding course. This was at the outer edges of my experience, and I learned so much. I got so much more out of this course than I was expecting."
I really enjoyed this class. I am completely new to music, and was amazed that I never had the need to ask any questions. It was all right there in the lessons, explained perfectly."