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About This Course

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

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

This class is Part 1: Reading Music & The Symbols of Music Notation.

In this class, we will cover:

  • My approach to Music Theory
  • Tools you will need to learn Music Theory quickly and efficiently
  • Music software: Notation programs
  • The elements of the Score
  • Pitch Names
  • Pitch Classes
  • Octaves
  • The White Keys
  • The Black Keys (not the band!)
  • Half-Steps and Whole-Steps
  • Clefs
  • Intervals
  • Naming Octaves
  • Identifying Notes on the Staff
  • Identifying Notes on the Keyboard
  • Beat and Beat Divisions
  • Tempo
  • Downbeats and Upbeats
  • Dotted Rhythms
  • Time Signatures
  • Ties
  • Accidentals
  • Form in Music Notation
  • …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 currently acts 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 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?

  • I’ll be using a piece of software in this course that I would like students to get. Don’t worry – it’s free! And works on Mac and PC programs. I’ll tell you more in the first few videos.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Read Music Using Proven Techniques
  • Understand All the Symbols (Not Only the Notes) of a Music Score
  • Read, Play, and Count Rhythms Accurately

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for students who have either never tried to learn music theory before, or tried and couldn’t come grasp the concepts.
  • This is a course for students who want to understand everything about music theory, from the ground up.

Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have learned how to read music.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.

Get started today and learn more about how to read music.

Course Curriculum

3h 22m

Section 1 - Getting Started
Introduction 00:00:00
My Approach To Music Theory 00:00:00
Tools You Will Need For This Course 00:00:00
Staff Paper 00:00:00
About Notation Software Programs 00:00:00
Section 2 - All The Little Dots
The Elements Of The Score 00:00:00
Pitch Names 00:00:00
Pitch Classes 00:00:00
Octaves 00:00:00
Worksheet No. 1 00:00:00
Section 3 - The Keyboard Layout
Why We Use A Keyboard 00:00:00
The White Keys 00:00:00
The Black Keys (Not The Band…) 00:00:00
Half-steps And Whole-steps 00:00:00
A Little Review Of What We’ve Learned So Far 00:00:00
Worksheet No. 2 00:00:00
Section 4 - Pitch Notation On The Staff
Staff Overview 00:00:00
Clefs 00:00:00
Treble Clef Refresher 00:00:00
Naming Notes And Intervals 00:00:00
Octave Names 00:00:00
Worksheet No. 3 00:00:00
Section 5 - Organizing Time In Music Notation
Beat And Beat Divisions 00:00:00
Duple Vs. Triple 00:00:00
Tempo, Downbeats, And Upbeats 00:00:00
Worksheet No. 4 00:00:00
Section 6 - Notating Time On A Musical Staff
Rhythmic Subdivisions 00:00:00
Dots 00:00:00
Rests 00:00:00
Time Signatures 00:00:00
Ties 00:00:00
Languages 00:00:00
Worksheet No. 5 00:00:00
Section 7 - Score Symbols And Conventions
Dynamics And Repeats 00:00:00
Accidental Behavior And Naturals 00:00:00
Form 00:00:00
Worksheet No. 6 00:00:00
Section 8 - Putting It All Together
Places To Find Scores Online 00:00:00
Tips For Practicing Notes And Rhythms 00:00:00
A Bunch Of Practice Music! 00:00:00
Section 9 - Wrap Up
Thanks & Bye! (For Now!) 00:00:00

Course Reviews


3 ratings
  1. Tiffany Ermilio May 14, 2021 at 16:21 PM

    Great Course


    Very in-depth and explained things well but didn’t go into so much detail that I was completely lost.

  2. Anonymous

    Music Theory Comprehensive Part 1: How To Read Music


    Good starter class in reading music.

  3. Anonymous

    Outstanding Course


    Very well organized and for anybody wanting to learn more about music theory.

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