Theory Class 101 Course Schedule 
February - June 2014

Class one (Feb 21):

      1.  Class Introduction

2.  Review of basic music reading

3.  Knowledge – Hearing Music Theory – Using Music Theory

4.  Pythagoras’s Discovery & the monochord

5.  ½ step & Whole steps

6.  Root & Quality

7.  The chromatic scale

8.  The Major Scale (The Magic number 7)

9.  Tonal centers

10.Major Key Signatures


Home work answers 2/21/12


Class two (March 6):

  1. 1. Critical Listening of Beethoven: “Symphony No. 5 & 9”

  2. 2. Parallel minor (Norwegian Wood)

  3. 3. The origins of music notation & Solfege

  4. 4. Minor Key Signatures

  5. 5. Mutating The Major Scale

  6. 6. The natural minor scale

  7. 7. The Harmonic Minor Scale

  8. 8. The Melodic Minor Scale (Traditional & Real)


Home work answers 3/6/12


Week Three (March 20):

  1. 1. Critical Listening of Richard Struass: “Also Sprach Zarathustra”

  2. 2. Discussion of Equal Temperament

  3. 3. Music Form & Structure

  4. 4. Motif & Theme is discussed

  5. 5. Symphonic Form is Discussed

  6. 6. The Major & minor Pentatonic

  7. 7. The Blues Scale

  8. 8. The altered blues scale

  9. 9. Chromatically approaching scale tones


Home work answers 3/20/12

Week Four (April 3):

  1. 1. Blues Form is discussed

  2. 2. Harmony is introduced

  3. 3. The Intervals of the major scale

  4. 3. Using non-diatonic notes with the pentatonic scale


Home work answers 4/3/12

Week Five (April 17):

  1. 1. Critical Listening Analyzing Beethoven’s Symphony “No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro Con Brio”

  2. 2. The Interval charts

  3. 3. Interval inversions

  4. 4. Resolution


Home work answers 4/17/12

Week six (May 1):

  1. 1. Meter Duple, Triple Simple & Compound

  2. 2. Triads

  3. 3. Dissonance & Consonance is introduced

  4. 2. Introduction to chord substitutions (Direct sub. Relative Maj & min sub)

  5. 3. Using substitutions and rhythm to arrange the harmony of a song.


Home work answers 5/1/12

Week seven (May 15):

  1. 1. Chord Inversions

  2. 2. 7th chords

  3. 3. The Dom7 Chords evil little secret



Home work answers 5/15/12

Week eight (May 29):

  1. 1.Different ways chords are written in charts

  2. 2.The Difference between Motifs, Phrases & Themes

  3. 3.Tensions or extensions are introduced



Home work answers 5/29/12

Week nine (June 12):

  1. 1.Altered chords

  2. 2.Examples of altered chord (She’s So Heavy & Purple Haze)

  3. 3.Tension & Release

  4. 4.Altered chords in the blues

  5. 5.Compound Intervals

  6. 6.Available Tensions

  7. 7.The Chord Family Chart


Home work answers 6/12/12


Week ten (June 26):

1. The Major Chord Scale

  1. 2.Seeing thirds within chords

  2. 3.Chord functions & tendencies

  3. 4.More chord substitutions

Home work answers 6/26/12