On this course you will gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of music theory and notation. No prior musical knowledge is required. Prepares for the in-person “Applied Music Theory for Singers Course” at Converge York.
Part A: Slides
There are a total of 35 pages – Please read and understand before going to the next page.
What is Music Theory? (Page 2 – 7)
Rhythm –> Time Signature (Page 8 – 13)
Rhythm –> Rhythmic Values (Page 14 – 20)
Pitch –> Treble Clef vs Bass Clef (Page 21 – 24)
Pitch –> Musical Notes (Page 25 – 33)
Part B: Virtual Piano
- Click on the above link to access the virtual piano.
- Use it as a reference for getting the exact pitches when you learn to read musical notes from Part A: Slides –> Page 25 – 33.
- There are 3 octaves in the virtual piano – Octave is a musical series of 8 notes (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C “repeat”).
- Use Middle C as the default note to find the other musical notes in both treble clef and bass clef – Middle C is the 2nd C-note in the virtual piano / C-note in the middle.
- Use and focus the White Keys only, as they are the only ones covered in this course.
Part C: Test (Voluntary)
10 questions – 5 for rhythm & 5 for pitch.
Each question carries 10 marks.
Please read the questions and answer them carefully. You may refer to the slides and virtual piano.
- How many beats in a bar for 4/4 time signature?
- How many beats in a bar for 2/2 time signature?
- How many beats in a bar for 6/8 time signature?
- How many beats is a dotted crotchet?
- How many beats is a dotted minim?
- Why is the treble clef also called the G clef?
- Why is the treble clef also called the F clef?
- What is the note step down from Middle E?
- What is the note skip up from Middle G?
- What is the note leap down from Higher C?
Please feel free to email your answers to the course tutor (Aaron Soon) for marking: firstname.lastname@example.org