Music Theory Comprehensive Part 2: Chords, Scales, And Keys

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This course is designed for those interested to learn about music theory, more specifically about musical chords, scales, and keys.

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For years I’ve been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. This course uses the same syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory – and cost shouldn’t be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I’m taking those classes in an online format in order to reach more students, and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class – it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 2: Chords, Scales, and Keys.

Throughout this class, I’ll be providing you with 8 worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I’ll back to it as fast as possible. Also in this class, I have several complete analysis projects that we will complete together – just like in my college classes.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently
  • Chromatic and Diatonic scales
  • Ordered Pitch Class Collections
  • The pattern of a Major Scale
  • Scale Degrees
  • Solfege
  • Writing melodies with major scales
  • Analyzing melodies
  • What it means to be “in key”
  • Key signatures
  • How to identify key signatures
  • Popular song analysis
  • Building triads (chords)
  • Diatonic chord progressions
  • Roman numeral analysis
  • Inversions
  • Finding chords by formula
  • The thirds inside of a chord
  • Finding fifths by finding thirds
  • Diminished triads
  • Augmented triads
  • Chords on the guitar
  • Full Analysis: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Full Analysis: Minuet in G (Bach)
  • 7th Chords
  • Major 7th Chords
  • Minor 7th Chords
  • Dominant 7th Chords
  • …and much, much more!

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Ph.D. in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently acts as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

“Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you waiting for!”

“Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learned loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!”

“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

“I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!”

“I’ve watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!”

“Clear and Informative – Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!”

“Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”

“The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don’t want to know.”

What are the requirements?

  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1 – How To Read Music will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • This course assumes students know the basics of how to read music. (Those who can not identify notes in treble clef should start with Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify Scales, Keys, and Chords by Sight
  • Create Music by Using Music Theory Principles
  • Find Any Chord, Key, or Scale by Applying Principles – Not Memorization

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for anyone who has wondered about music theory and is ready to fully explore it.
  • Songwriters, producers, and instrumentalists will benefit from this course by understanding music on a deeper level.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge about musical chords, scales, and keys.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections

Welcome And Overview

Tools We Will Use In this Course

DOWNLOAD: Staff Paper

What Are Scales, And Why Do We Care?

Definitions: Chromatic And Diatonic

Ordered Pitch Class Collections

Chromatic Scales

The Whole-Half Pattern

Scale Degrees And Tonic

Scale Degrees And Solfege

How To Practice

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 1

Using Major Scales (Writing A Melody)

Melody Analysis

What Does It Mean To Be “In Key”

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 2

Major Key Overview

What Is A Key Signature

Identifying Key Signatures

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 3

What Are Chords

Song Analysis


Building Triads

The Diatonic Chord Progression


Roman Numerals

Song Analysis, Version 2

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 4

The Inside Of A Triad

The Third Holds The Power

Finding Chords By Half-Step

Finding Fifths By Thirds

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 5

Diminished Triads

Augmented Triads

Adding More Octaves To Triads

Chords On The Guitar

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 6

Analysis Overview

Analysis: Canon In D (Pachelbel)

Non-Chord Tones

Analysis: Minuet In G (Bach) – Part 1

Analysis: Minuet In G (Bach) – Part 2

Analysis: Minuet In G (Bach) – Part 3

DOWNLOAD: PDF Of Full Analysis

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 7

What Are 7th Chords

The Four Types Of 7th Chords

Major 7th Chords

Minor 7th Chords

Dominant 7th Chords

DOWNLOAD: PDF Of Minuet In G Including 7th Chords

Blues And The Dominant 7th Chord

DOWNLOAD: Worksheet No. 8

What Comes Next

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2 student reviews
  1. simonsays says:

    Great course
    Very clear and Methodical, pitched just right (for me). Excellent stuff . A subject I have attempted several times and always get put off by the presentation. Not this time - Finally I have found someone who really knows how to teach this subject. On to the next one

  2. simonsays says:

    Great course
    Very methodical and clearly explained. I had plenty of light bulb moments and even started to join some dots together, It is pitched just right - not too fast or slow, very accessible and enjoyable for what can be a daunting subject. Thank you Jason. On to the next one!