Easy Music Theory is a course that I developed 20 years ago, and it’s one that I’ve used with my own students. It will take you from the very beginning of music rudiments (What is a note?) right through to key identification, chords, inversions, how to read a musical score, and more — in 25 video-based lessons.
The Easy Music Theory lessons are designed to be completely self-directed; you don’t need a teacher to do this course, though if you are a teacher, you’ll find the course is something that will make your theory-teaching life a dream. Each lesson contains a short video of me describing the concept for that particular lesson.
You simply watch the video on your laptop or desktop computer, then do the worksheets. When you feel that you understand the materials, do the quiz. It’s as simple as that!
PURCHASING EASY MUSIC THEORY
What Happens When I Purchase the Easy Music Theory Course?
When you buy the Easy Music Theory course, you’ll be taken directly to a download page. You’ll also receive an email with the download information.
Due to the size of the files in this course, Easy Music Theory comes in three separate zipped files. The download links will be active for 24 hours after purchasing, so please download all three files as soon as you are directed to the download page. (If you miss the download deadline, don’t worry, just write me directly, and a new link will be sent to you right away.)
The entire course will be contained in those three files. Once you’ve made your purchase and you’ve downloaded the files, you do not need an internet connection. All the videos, PDFs and other files will be on your computer hard drive. So you can do your theory at the cottage, on the bus, in the air, at the local park… anywhere you want.
NOTE: Because of the format of the course, Easy Music theory is meant to be used on a laptop or desktop computer. An iPad/mobile version coming soon!
How I Know This Course Will Work For You
Back in the 1990s I was teaching music in the public schools in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a band and choir director/teacher, the time I could dedicate to teaching theory in my music classes was getting squeezed; if we wanted to do public performances, we had to dedicate more time to rehearsing, and that meant finding a different way to teach theory.
That’s when I began creating the “Easy Music Theory” course, and it not only turned out to be a different way — it was a much more effective and efficient way. I designed each lesson to include worksheets and quizzes. Students did their own work at their own pace, and because I worked hard to make each lesson as easy as possible (hence the name), students were far less stressed about learning the rudiments of music.
The added benefit of the course — one I didn’t actually count on at first — was the results: students’ marks were rising. Instead of seeing marks hovering around the 60-70% level for the majority of students, I was now routinely seeing marks 80% or higher, even for my less-enthused students.
In those days, it was simply a course I did with my own students. Once I turned it into a paid product that I sold online, I added video, and the results improved even more.
I guarantee that you’ll find my “Easy Music Theory” course to be one of the easiest ways you’ve ever encountered to learn the basic rudiments of music. In 25 lessons, you’ll go from “what is a note”, to being able to read full musical scores. Once you’ve successfully completed the 25 lessons, you’ll be at the level that many college music programs require for entrance.
Because you will work at your own pace, it’s not possible to say how long it will take to get to Lesson 25. But many customers tell me that they’ve completed the course in 2-to-3 months. but what’s better than the time it takes is the results. You will understand the rudiments of music, and you’ll reap the benefits of this new, powerful musical knowledge.
Easy Music Theory with Gary Ewer – LIST OF LESSONS
- The Staff: All about the 5-line musical staff; the Grand Staff; an introduction to notes.
- Notes: How to write, locate, and name notes on the treble and bass staves.
- The Keyboard: How a piano keyboard works; white and black notes.
- Durations, Part 1: How flags, stems and dots change the duration of a note.
- Durations, Part 2: How flags, stems and dots change the duration of a note.
- Measures: How music is divided up into bars (measures); how simple time signatures work.
- Small Intervals: The difference between diatonic and chromatic semitones; whole tones; augmented 2nd intervals.
- Major Scales: How to create major scales starting on any note.
- Key Signatures: How to make a key signature for any key; how to identify a key based on a given key signature.
- Intervals: How to identify and label an interval (i.e., the space between two notes).
- Inverting Intervals: How to invert an interval, and why that’s important to know.
- Minor Scales: How to write and identify minor scales.
- Time Signatures: How simple and compound time signatures work.
- Time Signatures – Measure Completion: How to complete a bar of music with rests, given a single starting note and a time signature.
- Tonic & Dominant Triads: How to write/identify the tonic (I) and dominant (V) chords for any key.
- Key Identification: How to identify the key of a song, even if you don’t know the key signature.
- Triads and Roman Numerals: What is a triad? How to identify them using Roman numerals.
- Octave Transposition: How to transpose music up or down an octave.
- Triplets and Other “Tuplets”: How triplets work in simple time signatures; how tupelos work in compound time signatures.
- Key Transposition: How to transpose music into a different key.
- Triad Inversions: How to invert a triad, and why that’s important to know.
- Cadences: How to identify and create cadences.
- Modes: How to identify and write modal scales; how to identify the mode of a particular piece of music.
- Other Clefs: All about the instrumental tenor clef, vocal tenor clef, alto clef, etc.
- Score Formats: How to create a musical score; closed, open score writing, full score, etc.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
I hope you enjoy Easy Music Theory, and I trust that you’ll see exactly how easy it can be to learn the important rudiments of music!