Music Theory Resources
Music theory involves several basic components that combine to make up music. One major part of music is rhythm, which determines the lengths of sounds and rests between sounds. Harmony involves combinations of notes played together. Melody refers to the notes that the musician plays in a specific sequence and with a specific rhythm; it's the tune of any song. Learning music theory allows you to understand the language of music, which makes it possible to create new music or read and play music that someone else has created.
- About Music Theory: While an in-depth understanding of music theory is not mandatory to create music, knowing the basics of music theory, including rhythm, harmony, and melody, will help anyone make music and appreciate it more.
- Music Jargon: Check out this music dictionary to learn common terms that you'll hear when studying and making music, including "allegro," "harmony," "interval," and "syncopation."
- What Is Music Theory? Music is a complex combination of emotion and structure, and through skillful use of sound, musicians can provoke a range of feelings in their listeners.
- Overview of Music Theory: Applying the formal definition of the word "theory," music theory is not a solid set of rules that must be followed. Rather, music theory is a group of general principles that musicians build on to create their own styles of music.
- Basic Music Theory (PDF): Learning music theory involves mastering the language of music, which includes vocabulary as well as understanding how to read notes on the staff.
- Note Values, Duration, and Time Signatures (video): This introductory lesson in music theory covers note values, time signatures, and knowing how long to hold notes and rests.
- Rhythm and Counting: Reading music involves understanding how to count rhythms in both simple and compound meters, as explained in this lesson.
- Five Minutes of Science: Music Theory: Diving into music theory involves the study of music to understand tones, pitch, and rhythm.
- Practical Music Theory for Guitar Players (PDF): Playing the guitar will be easier when the guitarist has a basic understanding of music theory.
- Music Theory Study Guide (PDF): The fundamentals of music theory begin with musical symbols such as the staff, bar lines, treble clef, bass clef, and accidentals.
- Music Notation and Theory for Intelligent Beginners (PDF): Musical notes sit on the staff, which includes five horizontal lines with spaces between each. Each note represents a specific pitch, which ranges from low to high on the staff.
- Music Theory for Children (PDF): Effective music teachers use engaging strategies for introducing music to children, such as games and hands-on play.
- Music Theory Fundamentals: Pitch (PDF): Musical pitch describes the sounds of notes, whether high or low.
- Basic Music Theory Made Easy: Learning music theory allows musicians to communicate with each other, writing music and then playing their music together.
- 12 Keys of Music: Music can be played in 12 different keys. Each of these 12 notes can be the tonal center of a key signature.