About This Course

For years I’ve been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These online classes I’ve made use of 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 to 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.

This class is a Comprehensive class – it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 6: SATB Composition, and it starts what would be the second semester of a college music theory class.

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 of Counterpoint
  • Types of Motion in Counterpoint
  • 18th Century Counterpoint
  • Chordal Dissonance
  • Cadences in Bass/Melody Accompaniment
  • Cadences in 4-Voice Accompaniment
  • Non-Chord Tones in 4-Voice Accompaniment
  • Suspensions in 4-Voice Accompaniment
  • Example Analysis Projects
  • Writing 4-Voice (SATB) Lines
  • SATB Notation
  • SATB Ranges
  • Voice Crossings
  • Doubling
  • T-D-T Phrasing
  • Establishing Tonic Areas
  • Establishing Dominant Areas
  • Resolving Leading Tones (in 4-Voice Accompaniment)
  • Harmonic Rhythm
  • Texture (in Song)
  • Worksheets and Music for Practice
  • …and much, much more!


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.


Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

“Without a doubt the best explanation and each 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! 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.
  • 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.
  • Students who have taken Music Theory Comprehensive Part 5 – Counterpoint Complete 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?

  • Learn how to compose music in the style of Bach and other Baroque composers
  • Learn how to compose music in the style of many 18th Century Composers
  • Create more emotional music using suspensions, resolutions, and non-chord tones effectively

What 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 how to compose music by the SATB types.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Getting Started
Introduction 00:00:00
Welcome To Second Semester College Music Theory 00:00:00
Tools We Will Use In This Class 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Staff Paper 00:00:00
Review: First, Second, Third, And Fourth Species Counterpoint 00:00:00
A “Master” Musescore File 00:00:00
Section 2 - Composing In An 18th Century Style
Overview Of 18th Century Counterpoint 00:00:00
Types Of Motion 00:00:00
Chordal Dissonance 00:00:00
Cadences 00:00:00
Cadences In Bass / Melody Counterpoint 00:00:00
Starting Intervals 00:00:00
Summary Of 18th Century Counterpoint Rules 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 1 00:00:00
Section 3 - Melodic Embellishment (In Chorale Textures)
Non-Chord Tones 00:00:00
Suspensions 00:00:00
Example Analysis 00:00:00
Summary Of Melodic Embellishment Rules 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 2 00:00:00
Section 4 - SATB Composition
Writing SATB Lines 00:00:00
SATB Notation 00:00:00
SATB Ranges 00:00:00
Voice Crossings 00:00:00
Doubling 00:00:00
My Country Tis Of Thee (Example) 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 3 00:00:00
Section 5 - Phrasing In SATB Composition
T-D-T (Tonic, Dominant, Tonic) 00:00:00
Establishing The Tonic Area 00:00:00
Establishing The Dominant Area 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 4 00:00:00
Section 6 - More With Cadences
The Perfect Authentic Cadence In 4 Voices 00:00:00
The Imperfect Authentic Cadence In 4 Voices 00:00:00
Half Cadences In 4 Voices 00:00:00
Plagal Cadences In 4 Voices 00:00:00
Deceptive Cadences In 4 Voices 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 5 00:00:00
Section 7 - Voice-leading On The Dominant
Resolving Leading Tones 00:00:00
Other Voice Leading Requirements 00:00:00
[DOWNLOAD] Worksheet No. 6 00:00:00
Section 8 - Harmonizing Melodies
Harmonic Rhythm 00:00:00
Texture 00:00:00
Danny Boy (Example) 00:00:00
Section 9 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00
Thanks And Bye! 00:00:00
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