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Fundamentals of Music Theory

This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyse, and listen informedly. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony. This course covers the fundamentals of Western music theory, from the absolute basics to some more advanced concepts and, as such, is the perfect course for beginners and more experienced musicians alike. Follow us on twitter @musictheorymooc #edmusictheory
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Rating 4.4 based on 197 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Mar 25 (in 3 days)
Cost $49
From The University of Edinburgh via Coursera
Instructors Dr Nikki Moran, Dr Zack Moir, Dr John Philip Kitchen, MA BMus PhD FRCO LRAM, Richard Worth, Dr Michael Edwards, Eli Appleby-Donald
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Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Personal Development

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music theory in 36 reviews

At first, I liked that it was more intellectually rigorous than some music theory courses, but in the end, I felt it had been too ambitious, trying to cover too much too quickly, and definitely not for the fainthearted.

Great course, but absolutely not for starters in music theory.

I learned quite a lot of Music Theory, things started to make sense for me!

There are HUGE gaps between the content and the quizes, and significant parts of the music theory are left aside.

The best course one can wish for in Music Theory.

Thanks Good and interesting This course covered a vast amount of topics of music theory.

It got me really motivated to dig deeper into many concepts of music theory.

I really enjoyed this course Really helpful as support for my music theory course.Thank you.

so much in 10 reviews

Thank you so much to the Edinburg university.

I learned so much...A huge thank you!

ThIs course helped so much.

Thank you so much to the entire staff of Edinburgh University and Coursera..:-) Truly enjoyed the first week Thank you so much for such an incredible course!!

Thank you so much.

Thanks so much!

I love playing music and singing so much but i always felt like i was missing theoretic information.

Thank you so much for making this possible.

for beginners in 10 reviews

This course would be challenging for beginners.

But it might be a bit difficult for beginners like me.

This course is good for beginners, it offers detailed explanations.

However you must not only rely on the videos, make use of the class notes provided and also do your own research.Last but not least, practice what they teach you:) Great course, for beginners and intermediate learners alike.

There are some crazy chords and rhythm to analyse and there are advanced questions on points which have been seen very quickly in the videos.I can't really compare since I new some of the content of the class, but I think it's weel made for beginners as well as for intermediate musicians.

At the beginning, I thought the course was very good for beginners or people that know how to play an instrument well but would like to know more about the theoretical background.However, the last two sessions were very hard and there could have been more detailed course material throughout the course and more exercises to make sure the concepts are well-understood by all students.Nevertheless, the course proved to be very useful and enabled me to analyse a musical piece, which made it worthwhile.

very very good course for beginners.

Seems like it was for experienced musicians, eve though the goals of the course hinted at it being for beginners as well.

final exam in 8 reviews

The final exam is somewhat of a departure from the course material though and requires a fair amount of self-learning to complete.

(4) The final exam covers concepts that were barely touched upon during the course, for example, passing notes, and is very different from anything that learners are subjected to throughout the course.

I found the quizzes and the final exam very challenging and difficult but they helped me maybe more than the lessons themselves to get a better view on this subject.

The second half was really challenging and the final exam reminded me about my university times and real university exams :) Excellent course - taught very clearly with a series of competent and good lecturers.

The final exam can be designed to match the previous course content better.

Week 2, 4 and especially 5 have good summaries of the videos and examples, but week 3 almost only has links to wikipedia...- The final exam is VERY difficult.

The course material itself is good and you do learn a lot but for a course that starts at complete beginner level the final exam is too much of a reach for many.

The only reason that I gave four stars is lecture videos are not enough for the final exam.

little bit in 6 reviews

It was a little bit hard to understand all information from 5th week, but recommended sources from this course helped me.

The course makes you work a little bit but rewards you by expanding your understanding of musical structures and ideas behind them.

This course moves just a little bit too fast for beginners.

I think it needs to be spread out a little bit with further explanations for people who don't understand what they are saying.

Loving it A little bit not well organized.

Also the fact that the notes are ABCDEFG instead of DO.RE.MI.FA... made thinks a little bit confusing for me.

A little bit steep demand curve regarding to what is offered in the lectures.Well, well...

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Rating 4.4 based on 197 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Mar 25 (in 3 days)
Cost $49
From The University of Edinburgh via Coursera
Instructors Dr Nikki Moran, Dr Zack Moir, Dr John Philip Kitchen, MA BMus PhD FRCO LRAM, Richard Worth, Dr Michael Edwards, Eli Appleby-Donald
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Art & Design Humanities
Tags Arts And Humanities Music And Art Personal Development

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