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Do you have a passion for music and want to learn more about how it works? Are you a musician who learned by ear and has no formal training? Would you like to study music but are unsure of where to begin? This course includes six lessons that will give you the knowledge and the skills all you need to understand basic music theory.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Berklee College of Music

Course Curriculum

Welcome to Introduction to Music Theory
Welcome to Introduction to Music Theory 00:04:00
Lesson 1: The Major Scale
Spotlight: Why Are Harmony and Ear Training Important? 00:04:00
Important Definitions 00:04:00
Structure of the Major Scale 00:04:00
Sharps and Flats 00:02:00
Major 2nd and Major 3rd Intervals 00:04:00
Ear Training: Major 2nd and Major 3rd Intervals 00:02:00
Finding the Tonal Center 00:08:00
Student Performance: Boston Marathon, “I Don’t Have a Song for That” 00:06:00
Lesson 2: Major and Minor Triads
Spotlight: What’s Your Story? 00:03:00
Review from Lesson 1 00:02:00
Perfect 4th and 5th Intervals 00:06:00
Ear Training: Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th Intervals 00:05:00
Building Major and Minor Triads 00:09:00
The I-IV-V Chord Progression 00:05:00
Berklee Student Performance: “Najat 1958” 00:10:00
Lesson 3: The Minor Pentatonic Scale
Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: Advice for Studying Music 00:05:00
Review from Lesson 2 00:05:00
Major 6th and Major 7th Intervals 00:05:00
Building and Singing the Minor Pentatonic Scale 00:10:00
Berklee Student Performance: “Work In Progress” 00:03:00
Lesson 4: Major and Dominant Seventh Chords
Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: Audition Tips 00:04:00
Review from Lesson 3 00:03:00
7th Chords 00:04:00
Dominant 7th Chords and Blues Progression 00:13:00
Ear Training: 7th Chords 00:03:00
Berklee Student Performance: “New Kind Of Dirty” 00:05:00
Lesson 5: Song Form
Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: What Career Does Your Major Prepare You For? 00:04:00
Review from Lesson 4 and 7-3-5 Chord Voicings 00:05:00
AABA and Blues Song Forms 00:06:00
4/4 and 3/4 Time Signatures 00:02:00
The Chord Chart 00:06:00
Berklee Student Performance: “Chuk for Chick” 00:05:00
Lesson 6: Review
Berklee Faculty/Student Spotlight: What Do You Like Most About Berklee? 00:05:00
The Major Scale Beyond C 00:04:00
Review: The Major and Minor Triad, Major 7th, and Dominant 7th Chords 00:08:00
Practicing What You Know and Moving Forward 00:04:00
Berklee Student Performance: “La Musica No Se Toca” 00:04:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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