Music Theory For Electronic Musicians

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This course is designed for those interested to learn about music theory for electronic musicians.

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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.”

What are the requirements?

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

What am I going to get from this course?

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

Who is the target audience?

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

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

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections

Class Overview

The Piano Roll Editor


Using Octaves

The Black Keys (Not The Band)

Finding C And Middle C

Section Summary

The Perfect Fifth

Finding Fifths

Being “In Key”

The Pattern Of A Key

Fifth Examples

Moveable Patterns

The Major And Minor Third

Building Triads

Chord Progressions

What Is Diatonic

Finding All The Chords

Roman Numerals

Example Song Analysis No. 1


7th Chords Overview

Diatonic 7th Chords

Maj7 (Major 7) Example

Dominant 7th Chords

Blues And The 7th Chord

The Fourth

The Second

The Sixth

Song Analysis No. 2

Wrap Up

Some Extra Video Resources


1 student review
  1. Yi Shuen Yeap says:

    Awesome course!