About This Course

For years I’ve been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These online classes I’m making 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 4: Modes (Musical Modes, AKA The Church Modes) and Counterpoint.

Throughout this class, I’ll be providing you with worksheets for you to practice the concepts on. 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
  • How Modes Work
  • The History of Modes
  • Identifying the Musical Modes
  • Incorporating modes into popular music
  • Analysis of popular and classical music, including the Simpsons TV Theme Song, and the Beetles.
  • Interval Exploration
  • Compound Intervals
  • Rules for Inversion
  • Augmented Intervals
  • Diminished Intervals
  • Enharmonic Equivalence
  • Labeling Dissonance
  • Counterpoint in Species
  • The Rules of Counterpoint
  • Compositing with Counterpoint
  • Types of Contrapuntal Motion
  • Creating music with Counterpoint
  • …and much, much more!

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. Start here.

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

Praises 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 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.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 2 – Chords, Scales, and Keys will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 3 – Minor Keys and More will benefit from some concepts, but it is not required.
  • This courses assume 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?

  • Composing music using modes and counterpoint
  • Create unique melodies by understanding the rules of counterpoint
  • Create more emotional music by taking advantage of the musical modes

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 musical modes and counterpoint.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Welcome And Overview
Overview 00:00:00
Tools We Will Use In This Course 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Free Staff Paper 00:00:00
Review Session: Major And Minor Scales 00:00:00
Review Session: Diatonic Chord Progressions 00:00:00
Section 2 - Modes (The Musical Modes, AKA The Church Modes)
Overview Of Modes: New Harmonic Territory 00:00:00
How Modes Work 00:00:00
The History Of Modes 00:00:00
The Ionian Mode 00:00:00
The Dorian Mode 00:00:00
The Phrygian Mode 00:00:00
The Lydian Mode 00:00:00
The Mixolydian Mode 00:00:00
The Aeolian Mode 00:00:00
The Locrian Mode 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 1 00:00:00
Section 3 - Using Modes
From Old To New Again: Modern Uses Of Modes 00:00:00
Analysis: The Simpsons (TV Theme Song) 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] The Simpsons (TV Theme Song) Sheet Music 00:00:00
Analysis: Missa Pange Lingua (Choir) 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Missa Pange Lingua (Choir) Sheet Music 00:00:00
Analysis: Eleanor Rigby (The Beetles) 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Eleanor Rigby (The Beetles) Sheet Music 00:00:00
Section 4 - Deeper Into Intervals
Melodic Versus Harmonic Intervals 00:00:00
Using Visual Landmarks To Quickly Identify Intervals 00:00:00
Compound And Simple Intervals 00:00:00
Major / Minor / Perfect Intervals 00:00:00
Rules For Inversions Of Intervals 00:00:00
Summary Of Intervals So Far 00:00:00
Augmented And Diminished Intervals 00:00:00
The Tritone 00:00:00
Enharmonic Equivalence 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 2 00:00:00
Section 5 - Consonance And Dissonance
Consonance And Dissonance In Intervals 00:00:00
Resolution 00:00:00
Interval Classes 00:00:00
Analyzing Intervals 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Bach 2 Part Invention No. 8 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 3 00:00:00
Section 6 - Introduction To Counterpoint
What Is Counterpoint 00:00:00
The Different Species Of Counterpoint 00:00:00
Connecting Melodic Intervals 00:00:00
First Species Counterpoint – Melodic Rules 00:00:00
Connecting Harmonic Intervals 00:00:00
The 4 Types Of Contrapuntal Motion 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Example Analysis Files 00:00:00
Parallel Fifths And Octaves 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 4 00:00:00
Section 7 - Writing Note-to-note Counterpoint In Strict Style
The Beginning And The End 00:00:00
The Middle 00:00:00
The Riemenschneider 00:00:00
The Rules: All Wrapped Up 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 5 00:00:00
Section 8 - Thats It For Now!
What Next? 00:00:00
Thanks And Bye! 00:00:00
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