What's in this Course

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome (Read this first)

    • How to Download the Materials

    • How to Contact Me

  • 2

    Part 1: How Rhythm Works

    • Introduction to Part 1

    • Additional Reading

  • 3

    Day 1: Notating Rhythm

    • Lesson Review: Note Values

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Discussion

  • 4

    Day 2: The Musical Pulse

    • Rhythm vs. Pulse

    • Additional Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 5

    Day 3: Tempo

    • Lesson Review: A key piece of info about rhythm

    • Day 3 Audio Examples

    • Listening Challenge 1: What Tempo Is It?

    • Moving On

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Discussions

  • 6

    Day 4: Meter, Time and Beats

    • Lesson Review: Rhythm Recap

    • Audio Examples

    • Listening Challenge 1: Is It A March Or A Waltz?

    • Listening Challenge 2: Is It A Duple Or Triple Meter?

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 7

    Day 5: The Sound of Silence

    • Lesson Review: Reading Rest Symbols

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 8

    Day 6: Adding Duration with the Dot

    • Lesson Review: Extending a Note Value

    • Audio Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 9

    Day 7: Adding Duration with the Tie

    • Lesson Review: Dots vs. Ties

    • Audio Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 10

    Day 8: Time Signatures

    • Lesson Review: Beyond Common Time Signatures

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 11

    Day 9: Simple vs. Compound Meter

    • Lesson Review: Understanding Meters

    • Why 6/8 is not 3/4

    • Listening Challenge: Is It Simple or Compound?

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 12

    Day 10: Grouping

    • Lesson Review: Why Flags Become Beams

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 13

    Day 11: Complex Meter

    • Lesson Review: When Simple and Compound Meters Combine

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Feedback

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 14

    Day 12: Tuplets, Duplets, Triplets

    • Lesson Review: Three for two, and two for three

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 15

    Day 13: Playing Around with Time Signatures

    • Lesson Review: The Meter Games

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 16

    Day 14: The Upbeat

    • Lesson Review: Rhythms Starting on a Weak Beat

    • Listening Challenge: Is that an Upbeat?

    • Moving On

  • 17

    Day 15: Syncopation

    • Lesson Review: Syncopated Rhythms

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 18

    Score Reading: Challenge 1

    • Beethoven: Theme and Variations Op. 34

  • 19

    Part 2: The Organization of Pitch

    • Introduction to Part 2

  • 20

    Day 16: The Musical Alphabet & the Keyboard

    • Lesson Review: Why the Keyboard?

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 21

    Day 17: Musical Steps

    • The 2 Smallest Distances Between Notes

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Listening Challenge: Is it a Whole Step or a Half Step?

  • 22

    Day 18: Accidentals

    • Completing the Musical Alphabet

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 23

    Day 19: Notating Pitch on the Staff

    • The Staff

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 24

    Day 20: Ledger Lines

    • Extending the Staff

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 25

    Day 21: The Treble Clef

    • Treble Clef 101

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 26

    Day 22: All About that Bass Clef

    • Bass Clef 101

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 27

    Day 23: The C Clefs: Alto & Tenor

    • 'C' Clefs 101

    • Answers to the Exercises

  • 28

    Day 24: One Stem to Rule Them All (& Other Issues)

    • Musical Notation Issues

  • 29

    Score Reading: Challenge 2

    • Score Reading: Bach and Grieg Suites

  • 30

    Part 3: Musical Expression

    • Introduction to Part 3

  • 31

    Day 25: Dynamics

    • Day 25 Audio Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Listening Challenge: What Dynamics?

    • Listening Challenge Solutions

  • 32

    Day 26: Articulation

    • Day 26 Audio Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Listening Challenge: What Articulation?

    • Listening Challenge Solutions

  • 33

    Day 27: Tempo

    • Day 27 Audio Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Listening Challenge: What's Changed in Tempo?

    • Listening Challenge Solutions

  • 34

    Day 28: Bar Lines & Repeat Signs

    • Day 28 Audio Examples

    • Listening Challenge: What Repeats?

    • Listening Challenge Solutions

  • 35

    Day 29: Instrument-Specific Expression Marks

    • Day 29 Audio Examples

    • Answers to the Exercises

    • Listening Challenge: Pedal Up or Pedal Down?

    • Listening Challenge Solutions

  • 36

    Score Reading: Challenge 3

    • Beethoven: 11 Bagatelles, Op. 119

  • 37

    Day 30: Final Test

    • Welcome to the Day 30!

    • Answers to the Final Test