Music Theory Comprehensive Part 3: Minor Keys And More

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This course is designed for those interested to learn about minor keys in music.

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For years I’ve been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I’m making online use 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 3: Minor Keys, The Circle of Fifths, and Compound Meters.

Throughout this class, I’ll be providing you with many 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
  • Key Signatures
  • Diatonic Chord Progressions
  • Tendency Chords
  • Using the Circle of Fifths for Songwriting and Composition
  • Borrowing from Closely Related Keys
  • Scale Degree Names
  • Tendency Tones
  • Compound Meters
  • Compound Meter Signatures
  • Reading and Writing Compound Meters
  • Triplets, dubplets, and Quadruplets
  • Finding Minor keys by alternations to Major
  • Patterns in Minor keys
  • Relative Minor keys
  • Parallel Minor keys
  • Minor keys in the Circle of Fifths
  • Using Minor Keys for Songwriting and Composition
  • Diatonic Chord Progressions in Minor
  • The V Chord and Minor and the Leading Tone Problem
  • Harmonic Minor Scales
  • Melodic Minor Scales
  • …and much, much more!

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD 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 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 ease 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 wait for!”

“Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learnt 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.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 2 – Chords, Scales, and Keys will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • This courses 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 minor keys by sight and sound
  • Read compound meters
  • Create music using the circle of fifths and “closely related keys”
  • 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 learned about minor keys in music.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections

Welcome & Overview

Tools We Will Use In This Course

[DOWNLOAD] Blank Staff Paper

Keys And Key Signatures

Diatonic Chord Progressions

Tendency Chords And The V Chord

The Circle Of Fifths

Using The Circle Of Fifths For Songwriting And Composition

Borrowing From Closely Related Keys

Why Do We Have Scale Degree Names?

The Scale Degree Names

Tendency Tones And Direction

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 1

Definitions Of Compound Meters

Compound Meter Signatures

Another Perspective

Example Piece

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 2

Triplets: When Rhythms Don’t Fit Into The Grid

How Triplets Work

Other Tuplets

Minor Keys Overview

Alternations To Major

Whole-Half Pattern

Relative Minor

Parallel Minor

A Few Bonus Videos

Natural Minor Scales

Keys And Scales

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet 3

Minor Keys And The Circle Of Fifths

New Circle Of Fifths Graphics

More Options For Closely Related Keys

Why We Care About Diatonic Chord Progressions

The Pattern

Diatonic Chord Progressions In Relative Keys

Diatonic Chord Progression In Minor – The V Chord And The Leading Tone

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 4

The Three Types Of Minor Scales

The Harmonic Minor Scale

The Melodic Minor Scale

Example: Greensleeves

Comparing the Harmonic And Melodic Minor Scales

[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 5

Analysis Overview

[DOWNLOAD] Greensleeves Score

Greensleeves Analysis

[DOWNLOAD] PDF Of My Analysis

[DOWNLOAD] The Scientist Score

The Scientist Analysis

[DOWNLOAD] PDF Of my Analysis

What next?

That’s All For Now!

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