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Gary Ewer's Easy Music Theory - a complete online musical theory course for beginners or those looking for a refersher course, with MIDI files and illustrations and covering the grand staff, notes, the keyboard, note durations, measures, tones and semi-tones, major scales, key signatures, intervals, double sharps & double flats, harmonic, and melodic minor scales, time signatures, tonic and dominant triads, key identification, triads and roman numerals, octave transposition, triplets, key transposition, triad inversions, cadences, modes, other clefs, score formats and more   (Rating: 7.00 Votes: 2536)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (6)

Introduction to Music Theory and Aural Skills - an illustrated, interactive online music theory course on the fundamentals and rudiments of Western music, covering musical symbols, note and rest values, rhythm, meter signatures, intervals, modes, major scales, minor scales, key signatures, triads and more   (Rating: 7.13 Votes: 2405)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Java Music Theory - online interactive music theory tutorials, including note reading, music speed reading, C-clef note reading, key signature drills, scale building, interval drills, chord drills and more   (Rating: 7.15 Votes: 2601)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10

Music Theory & History Online - detailed, illustrated, sound-enhanced online music theory lessons, with instruction in chords & cadences, chromatic scales, figured bass, guitar tablature & notation, intervals, key signatures and accidentals, major scales, measures and bars, minor scales, musical instrument fingering, musical instrument ranges & names, note groupings, notes & rests, notes, harmonies & scales, ornamentation, phrasing & articulation, piano keyboard design, pitch, temperament & timbre, repeats, rhythmic variety, score formats, small intervals, staff, clefs & pitch notation, tempo, the circle of fifths, time signatures, transposition, triads & chords and much more   (Rating: 7.14 Votes: 2287)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Musical Fundamentals - an online course in pitch, major scales, note values and rhythms, meter, beaming, major key signatures, minor scales, major/minor relationships, intervals, triads and modes with guitar- and piano-specific applications and MIDI examples   (Rating: 7.11 Votes: 2528)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Musicards - a collection of online music theory flash cards, customizable for both beginners and more advanced students, providing practice for musical note names, key signatures, intervals, triads, notes on the piano, notes on the guitar and more   (Rating: 7.16 Votes: 2488)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)

Ricci Adams' Music Theory - interactive, step-by-step online music theory lessons, covering such topics as common chord progressions, diatonic triads, dots and ties, interval inversion, key signatures, measures and time signature, nonharmonic tones, phrases and cadences, roman numeral analysis, seventh chords, simple and compound meter, steps and accidentals, the major and minor scales, the staff, clefs, and ledger lines, triads in first and second inversion, voicing chords and more   (Rating: 7.19 Votes: 1573)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

The Tonal Centre - Tonality - an interactive site for music composers and theorists which explains and demonstrates some of the key concepts of tonality; including chords, scales, cadences, and modulation, illustrated with midi files   (Rating: 7.05 Votes: 2494)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (1)

Theory-on-the-Web - an online music theory course, illustrated by both images and MIDI files, intended to serve as an interactive, hypertext instruction method for a complete preparation to enter a two-year music theory curriculum at NASM institutions, and covering fundamentals such as rhythm, meter, pitch, modes and scales, key signatures, intervals, tendency tones and minor scales, harmony including the overtone series, triads and seventh chords, inversion of chords, chords in musical practice, basic harmonic function and cadences, part writing and analysis such as melodic principles, writing chords in inversion, principles of part writing, non-chord tones, basic form and analysis and more   (Rating: 7.04 Votes: 2411)   Rate this site: 5 6 7 8 9 10  Read Comments (2)




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The ABC of Music : A Short Practical Guide to the Basics - a very traditional, but exceptionally clear and direct time-honored classic source of music theory instruction written by Imogen Holst, the daughter of Gustav Holst. It thoroughly and responsibly covers all the material you will find on any traditional music theory examination, and provides meaningful and intriguing musical concepts and contextualizations surrounding the pure theory.

Basic Guide to How to Read Music - a respected, easy-to-use book that teaches you to read music quickly and easily, even if you have never read a note of music before.cover
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Beginners' Guides
Music Theory for Beginners (Music Books Series)
The Oxford ABC of Music : A Short Practical Guide to the Basics


Reading Music
How to Read Music : Reading Music Made Simple (designed for play-by-ear musicians)
Learn to Read Music
Music Reading for Guitar : The Complete Method


General Music Theory and Rudiments
Contemporary Music Theory : Level One
Contemporary Music Theory : Level 2
A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals
Elementary Rudiments of Music
The Elements of Music : Concepts and Applications
Essentials for Music Theory
A Generative Theory of Tonal Music
Gradus : The Second Year and After : An Integrated Approach to Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis
Gradus I : An Integrated Approach to Harmony, Counterpoint, and Analysis
Harmony & Theory : A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians (Essential Concepts (Musicians Institute).)
The Inner World of Traditional Theory
Lies My Music Teacher Told Me : Music Theory for Grownups
Mastering the Fundamentals of Music
Music Theory for Non-Music Majors
Music in Theory and Practice
Music in Theory and Practice : Workbook
Practical Theory Complete : A Self-Instruction Music Theory Course
Rudiments of Music
The Shaping Forces in Music : An Inquiry into the Nature of Harmony, Melody, Counterpoint, Form
Theory & Harmony for the Contemporary Musician


Harmony
Advanced Harmony, Theory and Practice
Basic Harmonic Progressions : A Self-Instruction Program
Elementary Harmony : Theory and Practice
Harmony and Voice Leading/1 Volume Edition (Vols 1 and 2)
Harmony and Voice Leading : Workbook
Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music
Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music a Programmed Course, Part 1
Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music: A Programed Course, Part 2 (with Student Tapes)
Harmony Through Counterpoint : A Programmed Introduction to the Theory of Tonal Music-Harmonic Counterpoint in Two & Three Parts
Harmony & Theory : A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians (Essential Concepts (Musicians Institute).)
Structural Functions of Harmony (Arnold Schoenberg)
Theory of Harmony (Arnold Schoenberg)
Treatise on Harmony (Jean Philippe Rameau)
Workbook for Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music


Counterpoint
Counterpoint (Kent Wheeler Kennan)
Counterpoint (Walter Piston)
Counterpoint in Composition
Counterpoint : Fundamentals of Music Making
Counterpoint : The Polyphonic Vocal Style of the Sixteenth Century
Counterpoint Workbook
Harmony Through Counterpoint : A Programmed Introduction to the Theory of Tonal Music-Harmonic Counterpoint in Two & Three Parts
Modal and Tonal Counterpoint : From Josquin to Stravinsky
A Practical Approach to Sixteenth-Century Counterpoint
A Practical Approach to Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint
Study of Counterpoint


20th Century Music Theory
Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory
Serial Composition and Atonality : An Introduction to the Music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern
Twentieth-Century Harmony
Twelve-Tone Tonality


Chords
All About Chords : A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding Contemporary Chordal Structures and Progressions Through Solid Drills in Suggested Study: questions, keyboard drills, and ear-training exercises
Instant Scale and Chord Guide for Keyboards
Understanding Chord Progressions for Guitar


Analysis
Analysis (Norton/Grove Handbooks in Music)
The Analysis and Cognition of Basic Melodic Structures : The Implication-Realization Model
Analysis of Tonal Music : A Schenkerian Approach
Anthology for Musical Analysis
Analytic Approaches to Twentieth-Century Music
Analytical Strategies and Musical Interpretation : Essays on Nineteenth- And Twentieth-Century Music


Musical Form
Form in Tonal Music
Practical Approach to the Study of Form in Music
Sonata Forms
The Study of Fugue




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