Music Theory I

An Introduction to Reading and Writing Music

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Have you always wanted to learn how to read and write music?

This beginning course is for you!

This course is an introduction to music theory for beginning musicians, or those that play by ear and would like to learn more about reading and writing music. We cover the basic building blocks of musical notation, learn to read and write music, and learn to apply music theory to your playing.

At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • read and write simple musical examples
  • have a basic understanding of how all those symbols on the page work together to create the music you love.
  • analyze a new piece of music and learn to play it quicker
  • improve your sight reading on your instrument

Concepts include:

  • Building Blocks of Music
  • Music Notation
  • Time Signatures and Rhythm
  • Intervals
  • Major and Minor Scales up to four sharps and four flats
  • 3 Forms of the Minor Scale
  • Major/minor Triads
  • Tonic and Dominant Triads
  • Authentic and Half Cadences (Perfect/Imperfect in the UK)
  • Form and Analysis
  • Music Terms and Symbols

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Your Instructor

Carrie Campbell
Carrie Campbell

Carrie Campbell grew up in Clemson, SC as part of a musical family. With two music professors as parents it’s no surprise that she began her piano studies at age 5. After joining band in middle school she picked up the French horn and continued her studies at the University of Georgia where she received Bachelor’s in Music Education and Music Therapy. Carrie also received a Master of Music in Horn Performance from Yale University where she studied with Paul Ingraham. She has taught horn, music theory and history, general music and coached small ensembles throughout her career, specializing in helping students prepare for ABRSM, RCM and AP Music Theory Exams.

In addition to teaching music theory and horn at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Carrie served as Music Classes Program Coordinator for five years before becoming Music School Director in July 2014.

As Music School Director, Carrie oversees all aspects of the Music School including private lessons, music classes, Music4Schools, and CSMA’s Corporate Arts Program. Combined these programs serve over 12,000 students per year.

To satisfy her secret desire to be a Broadway star, Carrie moonlights in the pit orchestras of Bay Area musical theater productions such as West Side Story, Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, and Les Miserables.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to Music Theory 1
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  Unit 3: Intro to Rhythm
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  Unit 4: Accidentals, Half Steps and Whole Steps
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  Unit 7: More Time Signatures and Rhythm
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  Unit 9: Chords and Cadences
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  Unit 10: Form and Analysis
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  Unit 11: Musical Terms and Signs
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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