This course covers the basics of music theory for 8th grade (or equivalent) students. This level is subdivided into 18 small video lessons, each covering one concept. This allows students to watch and re-watch a small section as needed. s Taught by Dr. Kathy Rabago.
This theory course covers all the material needed for the TMTA state theory test for 8th grade. 18 lessons are included in the course. Each lesson contains a 5-10 minute video covering the concepts, embedded online exercises, as well as downloadable worksheets for students to practice what they learned.
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Lesson 1:Diatonic & Chromatic Half Steps: Draw chromatic or diatonic half steps above or below a given note. Lesson 2:Intervals: Construct Major or Perfect intervals above a given note. Learn about minor intervals and augmented 2nds. Lesson 3:Time Signatures: Learn about 2/2 and 3/2 time signatures. Identify if a measure is 2/2, 3/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, or 6/8. Lesson 4:Missing note/rest: Draw one note or rest that has been left out of the measure. Time signatures will be 6/8, 9/8, or 12/8 meter. Rhythms covered in level 8: Sixteenth (flagged and beamed), eighth (flagged and beamed), eight note triplets, dotted eighth, quarter, dotted quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes and corresponding rests. New: Dotted half rest. Notice: a whole rest is used to fill any full measure of rest regardless of the meter. Lesson 5:Major Triads: Spell major triads up from a given root using letter names Lesson 6:Key Signatures: Identify the minor and major key represented by each key signature.Draw Parallel Major and minor key signatures. Lesson 7:Lead Sheet Triads: Identify and understand major lead sheet triads. Drawing on the grand staff: Draw the complete triad on the treble staff, and the lowest note indicated in the bass staff using whole notes. Lesson 8: Key Signatures: Draw the key signature indicated. Triads and Inversions: Construct the I (tonic), IV (subdominant), and V (dominant) triads in all inversions on the treble staff in any given major or minor key. Draw the root of the chord in the bass staff. Lesson 9:Melodic Composition: Compose a 4 measure melody using rhythmic imitation or melodic sequence. End on the tonic, on a strong beat, with a strong implied cadence. Lesson 10: Minor Scales: Learn about the three forms of minor scales: Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic. Draw the key signature of the indicated minor key; draw the notes of each ascending minor scale. Lesson 11:Analysis: Identify the key, the type of minor scale used, the time signature, & the type and size of an interval from the example. Lesson 12:Vocabulary: Accelerando, Arpeggio, Cantabile, Chromatic Half Step, Diatonic Half Step, Diminished Triad, First Inversion Triad, Harmonic Minor Scale, Marcato, Melodic Minor Scale, Root Position Triad, Second Inversion Triad, Subito, Transposition. Lesson 13:Transposition: Transpose a 4-measure phrase to the new major key. Lesson 14:Intervallic Ear Training: Identify Perfect or Major intervals within a major scale. Intervals may be ascending or descending. Lesson 15: Triad Ear Training: Identify triads as Major, Minor, or Diminished Lesson 16:Rhythm Dictation: Fill in 3 missing measures of a four-measure rhythm in 3/4 or 4/4 meter. Missing notes for the blank measures may include sixteenth through whole notes. Melodic Dictation: Fill in 3 missing measures of a four-measure melodic example in 3/4 or 4/4 meter. Note values for the blank measures will be eighth through whole notes. Lesson 17:Scale Ear Training: Identify scales as Major, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor, or Melodic Minor. Lesson 18:Rhythmic Sight Reading: Sight read a 4 measure rhythmic example in simple or compound meter. Note values used will be sixteenth through whole notes and rests. Students may tap, clap, or say the rhythm outlaid using any counting system.