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Music Theory Training Course Manual

This is a practical guide to music theory.

* 495 Pages
* 4 Courses
* 38 Chapters

Music Theory Training Manual 1 - Basic Music (239 Pages)

Chapter 1 - Nature of Sound

Characteristics of a Musical Sound

Chapter 2 - Fundamental Notation

Notation of Pitch, Notation of Duration

Chapter 3 - Meter

The Beat, Meter or Time Signature, Composite Meter, Metrical Stress Exceptions.

Chapter 4 - Rhythm

Regular Rhythm, Irregular Rhythm, Rhythmic Phrase Initiation and Completion, Related Meters, Equivalent Meters

Chapter 5 - Scales and Tetrachords

Scales, Tetrachords, Scale Construction Using Tetrachords

Chapter 6 - Major Scales

Sharp Scales, Flat Scales, Keys and Major Key Signatures, Circle of Major Keys, Enharmonic Keys, Names of Scale Degrees, Scale Degree Activity in Major.

Chapter 7 - Minor Scales

Natural Minor Scale, Harmonic Minor Scales and Keys, Melodic Minor Scales and Keys, Circle of Minor Keys, Relative and Parallel Keys.

Chapter 8 - Modal Scales

Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Phrygian, Locrian, Comparison of Modal Scale Degrees to Major Scale Degrees

Chapter 9 - Chromatic, Whole Tone, and Pentatonic Scales

Chromatic Scale, Whole Tone Scale, Pentatonic Scales.

Chapter 10 - Intervals

Qualities of Intervals, Interval Quality Relationships, Enharmonic Intervals, Inversion of Simple Intervals, Compounding and Reducing Intervals, Consonant and Dissonant Intervals, Diatonic and Chromatic Intervals.

Chapter 11 - Triadic Chords

Major Triad, Minor Triad, Augmented Triad, Diminished Triad, Consonant and Dissonant Triads, Inversion of Triads, Diatonic Triads in Major and Minor Keys.

Chapter 12 - Overtone Series

Characteristics of a Vibrating String, The Overtone Series, The Overtone Series and Timbre.

Chapter 13 - Transposition

Transposition by Scale Degree, Transposition by Interval, Transposition by Change of Key Signature.

Chapter 14 - Instruments

Woodwinds, Transverse Woodwinds, Double Reed Instruments, Single Reed Instruments (Clarinets, Saxophones), Brasswinds (Treble Clef Brass, Bass Clef Brass), Percussion (Indefinite Pitch Percussion, Definite Pitch Percussion), Keyboard, Rhythm Section Strings.

Chapter 15 - Chord Symbols

Chord Symbol Interpretation, Chord Structures.

Chapter 16 - Chord Scales

Major Sixth and Major Seventh Chord Scales, Minor Sixth and Minor/Major Seventh Chord Scales, Dominant Seventh Chord Scales, Minor Seventh Chord Scales, Minor Seventh (Flat Five) Chord Scales, Augmented Seventh Chord Scales, Diminished Seventh Chord Scales, The Blues Scale, Pentatonic Scales.

Chapter 17 - Swing Rhythm

Anticipation, Divided Beat in Swing Time, Short Percussive Note, Long Percussive Note.

Chapter 18 - Melody Construction

Chord Tones, Approach Tones.

Chapter 19 - Extended and Altered Chords

The Ninth, The Eleventh, The Thirteenth, Specified Bass Note.

Appendix A - Manuscript Techniques

Clef Signs, Key Signatures, Time Signatures, Leger Lines, Noteheads, Stems, Flats, Beams, Dots, Spacing, Ties, Slurs, Rests, Numerals, Repeat Signs, Accidentals, Directions for Performance, Rehearsal Signs, Proofreading.

Appendix B - Directions for Performance

Musical Abbreviations, Melodic Ornaments, Articulations and Accents, Jazz Expressive Devices, Tempo Indications, Dynamic Indications, Italian Terms (Three Lists).

Appendix C - Italian Terms

Explanation of Suffixes, Listing.

Music Theory Training Manual 2 - Basic Music II (61 Pages)

Appendix D - Form in Music with List of Terms

Appendix E - Media

Appendix F - Conducting for Instrumentalists

Music Theory Training Manual 3 - Harmony (109 Pages)

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Principles of Writing
Scale Degree Function
Primary and Secondary Triads

Chapter 2 - Melody Writing

Types of Motion
Melody Guidelines

Chapter 3 - Vertical Structures

Adjacent Voice Spacing
Low Interval Limits

Chapter 4 - Voice Motion

Indirect Motion
Direct Motion
Objectionable Motion

Chapter 5 - Root Position Primary Triads

Connecting Primary Triads
Key Establishment
Analysis and Figured Bass
Chord Succession

Chapter 6 - Inversions of Primary Triads

First Inversion
Chord Succession
Second Inversion
Types of Second Inversions

Chapter 7 - Dominant Seventh Chords

Tritone Resolution
Approaching the Seventh
Figured Bass and Doubling
Chord Succession

Chapter 8 - Non-Harmonic Tones

Figured Bass
Diatonic Passing Tone
Accented Passing Tone
Chromatic Passing Tone
Double Passing Tone (melodic)
Chromatically Altered Passing Tone
Upper Auxiliary
Lower Auxiliary
Changing Tones
Simultaneous Non-Harmonic Tones
Chordal Sevenths

Chapter 9 - Secondary Triads

Chord Progression
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Figured Bass
Leading Tone Triad
Common Function Succession
Supersonic Triad
Submediant Triad
Mediant Triad
Subtonic Triad
Subtonic Scale Degree

Chapter 10 - Diatonic Seventh

Leading Tone Seventh
Supersonic Seventh
Subdominant Seventh
Submediant Seventh
Mediant Seventh
Tonic Seventh
Subtonic Seventh
Diatonic Seventh Sequence

Chapter 11 - Extensions on Diatonic Chords

Major Ninth
Minor Ninth

Chapter 12 - Simple Modulation

Pivot Chord
Establishing Keys

Chapter 13 - Secondary Chords

Secondary Dominants
Secondary Leading Tone Chords

Chapter 14 - Borrowed Chords

Borrowed Chords
Borrowed from Minor
Borrowed from Major

Chapter 15 - Chromatic Alterations

Raised Fifth
Lowered Fifth
Raised Root

Chapter 16 - Augmented Sixth Chords


Chapter 17 - Neapolitan Sixth Chord

Chapter 18 - Advanced Modulation

Diatonic to Diatonic
Diatonic to Chromatic
Chromatic to Diatonic
Chromatic to Chromatic
Enharmonic Modulation
Change of Mode

Music Theory Training Manual 4 - Ear Training Manual for Musicians (91 Pages)

Chapter 1

The Divided Beat in Simple Time
The Major Triad in Numeral Notation

Chapter 2

The Divided Beat in Compound Time
The Major Triad in Staff Notation

Chapter 3

The Subdivided Beat in Simple Time
The Minor Triad in Numeral Notation
The Minor Triad in Staff Notation

Chapter 4

The Subdivided Beat in Compound Time
Major and Minor Scale Activities

Chapter 5

Syncopation Involving Beat and Divided Beat in Simple and Compound Times
Intervals and Triads

Chapter 6

Diatonic Major and Minor Melodies in Simple and Compound Times
with Divided Beat and Leaps of Thirds in Tonic Triad.

Chapter 7

Diatonic Major and Minor Melodies in Simple and Compound Times with Subdivided Beat and Leaps of Thirds and Fourths.

Chapter 8

Diatonic Major and Minor Melodies in Simple and Compound Times with Syncopation and Leaps of Thirds, Fourths, Fifths, Sixths, and Octaves.

Chapter 9

Non Diatonic Melodies in Simple and Compound Times with Divided Beat, Subdivided Beat, and Syncopation. Melodies Contain Leaps of Thirds, Fourths, Fifths, Sixths, and Octaves.


Time Beating Patterns
Counting System
Performance Procedures
Performance Guidelines

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