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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Any level of musician
  • No experience reading notes required.

What you’ll learn:

  • By the end of this course, you will have improved your tracks by understanding how to build chords and melodies that work together.


  • Access to a DAW: any program will do. (GarageBand, Logic, Pro tools, Ardour, Ableton Live, etc.)

A class designed for the electronic musician who wants to take their tracks to the next level. In this class, we will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies. No experience with music theory is necessary. Playing an instrument and reading music is also not necessary. We will be focusing on how to use your DAW as your instrument to create with.

For years I’ve been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Music Theory can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn’t be a barrier.

Topics include:

  • Using the Piano Roll Editor
  • Octaves
  • Finding C and Middle C
  • The Perfect 5th
  • What it means to be “in key”
  • Moveable Patterns
  • Major and Minor Intervals
  • Building Triads
  • Chord Progressions
  • 7th Chords
  • … And much more!!!

J. Anthony 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.

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

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

“I’ve had Live Lite for a while but never quite understood how to use it because of the different options in how to arrange audio. This course explains exactly how to do that and get the most out of Live.”

“Great overview – I would start here for sure if you are just getting your feet wet with live. clear and to the point. session walkthroughs are great. looking forward to more”

“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.”

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge about music theory for electronic musicians.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about music theory for electronic musicians.

Course Curriculum

3h 3m

Section 1 - Overview
Class Overview 00:00:00
Section 2 - Understanding Music Theory From An Electronic Music Perspective
The Piano Roll Editor 00:00:00
Octaves 00:00:00
Using Octaves 00:00:00
The Black Keys (Not The Band) 00:00:00
Finding C And Middle C 00:00:00
Section Summary 00:00:00
Section 3 - The Perfect Fifth (5th), And Being "In Key"
The Perfect Fifth 00:00:00
Finding Fifths 00:00:00
Being “In Key” 00:00:00
The Pattern Of A Key 00:00:00
Fifth Examples 00:00:00
Section 4 - More With Keys, The Third, And The Basic Triad
Moveable Patterns 00:00:00
The Major And Minor Third 00:00:00
Building Triads 00:00:00
Chord Progressions 00:00:00
Section 5 - Diatonic Chord Progressions
What Is Diatonic 00:00:00
Finding All The Chords 00:00:00
Roman Numerals 00:00:00
Example Song Analysis No. 1 00:00:00
Inversions 00:00:00
Section 6 - Seventh (7th) Chords
7th Chords Overview 00:00:00
Diatonic 7th Chords 00:00:00
Maj7 (Major 7) Example 00:00:00
Dominant 7th Chords 00:00:00
Blues And The 7th Chord 00:00:00
Section 7 - The Other Intervals
The Fourth 00:00:00
The Second 00:00:00
The Sixth 00:00:00
Song Analysis No. 2 00:00:00
Section 8 - Wrap Up
Wrap Up 00:00:00
Some Extra Video Resources 00:00:00

Course Reviews


1 ratings
  1. Anonymous


    Awesome course!



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