About This Course

For years I’ve been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These online courses 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 online 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.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools of Counterpoint
  • Second Species Counterpoint
  • Metric Accents and Diminutions
  • Resolutions
  • Passing Tones
  • Consonant Skips and Leaps
  • Neighbor Tones
  • Writing Compelling Melodies
  • Third Species Counterpoint
  • The Cambiata
  • Double Neighbor Tones
  • Fourth Species Counterpoint
  • Rhythmic Displacement
  • Suspensions
  • 4-3, 7-6, and 9-8 Suspension Types
  • Consonant Suspensions
  • Chains of Suspensions
  • Fifth Species Counterpoint
  • Free Counterpoint
  • Worksheets and Music for Practice
  • …and much, much more!

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

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.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 4 – Modes and Counterpoint and More 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?

  • Master college-level Music Theory Class
  • Compose music in the style of Bach and other Baroque composers
  • Create more emotional music using suspensions, resolutions, and non-chord tones effectively

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 music theories of Counterpoint.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Welcome
Introduction 00:00:00
Tools We Will Use 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Staff Paper 00:00:00
Review: Modes 00:00:00
Review: First Species Counterpoint 00:00:00
Section 2 - Second Species Counterpoint
What’s New In Second Species 00:00:00
Metric Accents And Diminutions 00:00:00
Resolutions 00:00:00
Second Species Counterpoint Rules Summary 00:00:00
Section 3 - Melodic Embellishment In Second Species Counterpoint
Passing Tones 00:00:00
Consonant Skips And Leaps 00:00:00
Neighbor Tones 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 1 00:00:00
Section 4 - Writing Second Species Counterpoint
First And Last Measures 00:00:00
The Melody Notes 00:00:00
Harmony 00:00:00
Summary And Tips 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 2 00:00:00
Section 5 - Third Species Counterpoint
Four-To-One Counterpoint 00:00:00
The Cambiata 00:00:00
Double Neighbor Tones 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 3 00:00:00
Section 6 - Fourth Species Counterpoint
Rhythmic Displacement 00:00:00
Suspensions 00:00:00
Going Downhill 00:00:00
4-3 Suspensions 00:00:00
7-6 Suspensions 00:00:00
9-8 Suspensions 00:00:00
Consonant Suspensions 00:00:00
Chains Of Suspensions 00:00:00
Summary Of Fourth Species Rules 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 4 00:00:00
Section 7 - Fifth Species Counterpoint
Free Counterpoint 00:00:00
Writing Free Counterpoint 00:00:00
A Brief History Of Fux 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 5 00:00:00
Section 8 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00
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