ONE STUDENT | The Essentials of Music Theory | Interactive Online Course | Absolute Beginner to Grade 1 (1-YEAR SINGLE USER LICENCE )
This course introduces students to the basics of classical music theory. Helps beginner students with no experience in reading and writing music to reach the level expected by the Grade 1 of ABRSM and Trinity syllabus. The curriculum is designed for young students from 12 years old and adult learners. This curriculum is filled with guided lessons, interactive activities, learning resources such as flashcards and interactive piano keyboard (not MIDI), printable resources, articles, audio examples and much more.
This course is in SCORM 1.2 format and is hosted and delivered online via the Digital Chalk LMS portal. Upon completing your purchase you will be able to download clear PDF instructions to access your course.
What Is Included
- 30 ready-to-go guided interactive lessons
- 353 activities and interactive exercises with automated feedback included in online lessons and accessible externally via the library. These activities include pick one, pick many, drag-and-drop, fill in the blank, give the full answer, listen to the composition and answer the question, look at the score and answer the questions; and interactive simulations of ABRSM and Trinity Graded Questions with instant automatic feedback
- 2 timed simulations of ABRSM and Trinity Grade 1 exams with the automatic result (EXAM PASSED/ EXAM FAILED)
- 20 printable resources in PDF format
This beginner theory course provides students with an engaging and hyper-interactive learning experience with a guided hands-on approach in its core. This curriculum is designed for students of 12 years of age and older and is also suitable for adult learners.
This course can be used in several ways:
- Independent Learning
Students can use the course independently for self-teaching, working through the lesson presentation, questions, and activities at their own pace. The course is incredibly versatile and can be used for learning to navigate around the keyboard as well as for theoretical studies. Upon completion of this course, the student can expect to be fully literate within ABRSM and Trinity Grade 1 syllabus, as well as being able to confidently navigate around the piano keyboard.
- Class and 1-2-1 teaching
Newly qualifies teachers as well as individuals who wish to tap into private music teaching but have not yet generated enough tuition material can use this course as complete Grade 1 curriculum to provide their students with high-quality, ready to go lessons and homework exercises. This curriculum includes 30 lessons.
Each lesson includes guided interactive video and a set of engaging interactive exercises and activities with instant automatic feedback. The feedback will change every time depending on the answer given by the student. You can also use graded exam- based activities to help these students who are working towards graded theory examination. There are 63 simulations of ABRSM and Trinity exam questions and 2 simulations of complete Grade 1 theory exams, each 60 minutes long.
Module 1 | 3 Compulsory Elements of Written Music:
Lesson 1: What is the pitch of a sound, and how is it shown in written music?
Lesson 2: What is the range of sound? Which characteristics of musical instruments have an impact on their range?
Lesson 3: What is a stave? The construction of a stave and its purpose.
Single and double stave. Discover how the pitch of a sound changes as the note progresses up and down the stave. Which orchestral instruments use single stave and which use double?
Lesson 4: What is the clef? Clef vs register. Learn about the evolution of the musical clef, from medieval to modern-day. Learn about different clefs, including those that are no longer in use. Understand which hand, and part of the keyboard, the music is written for.
Module 2 | The Notes:
Lesson 5: General facts about written notes.
Lesson 6: Alphabetical progression of the keys on the piano keyboard.
What is an octave? The names of the 7 octaves on the piano keyboard.
Lesson 7: The position of individual keys on the piano keyboard and the double stave. (Navigate around using an interactive keyboard, listen to the sound of each key and see its position on the double stave).
Lesson 8: Learn about accidentals (sharps and flats).
Lesson 9: Ottava and Ottava Bassa. Learn how to read and write notes that fall beyond the stave.
Module 3 | The Rhythm in Written Music:
Lesson 10: How the music note is constructed (how the shape of the different elements of a note influences its duration).
Lesson 11: Note values.
Lesson 12: Rests and their rhythmical values. Learn how the shape of rest influences its duration. Learn how rhythmical values of rests correlate to the note values.
Lesson 13: Dotted and tied notes. Learn how to extend any note value with a dot or tie.
Lessons 14: Bar-lines and bars. Learn why there are bars in music and what bar lines do.
Lesson 15-16: Time signatures (including simple and compound time). 3 shapes of the time signature (duple, triple and quadruple). Learn how to read a time signature, what it does and how to identify any time signature as simple or compound time.
Lesson 17: Duple, triple and quadruple meters.
Lesson 18: Simple and Compound Time.
Module 4 | The Basics of Music Harmony and Analysis:
Lessons 19- 25: Tones and semitones (whole steps and half steps). Understand the difference between whole steps and half steps. Learn how to identify them on the score and the keyboard before proceeding to intervals. Learn about melodic and harmonic major, minor, diminished and augmented intervals. Learn both English and Italian names of intervals.
Lesson 26: Major and minor scales. Understand why some music pieces sound sad and others happy. Learn major and minor scale formulas and confidently build any scale!
Lesson 27: The key signature. Understand why some keys have more sharps or flats than others. Learn how to identify any key signature of any piece of music quickly.
Lesson 28: Scale degrees. Learn about primary and secondary scale degrees and their English and Italian names, in preparation for learning about Primary and Secondary chords.
Lesson 29: Primary and Secondary chords (triads). Learn everything about primary and secondary triads.
Lesson 30: Performance directions. Learn about the different types of performance directions, their abbreviations and what they mean.
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