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All Musicians Page
    This section is intended to help all music students learn the language, science, and math of music.  Understanding this aspect of music will broaden your comprehension of any musical style and it's mechanics.  These theories have laid the foundations of Western music and will continue to for the foreseeable future.  With just a basic understanding I guarantee you will look at and play music differently.  Just as and instrument is used to create sound, these theories are used to help us understand and create music.

    As you learn, I hope your appreciation grows for the engineering that goes into the creation of music.  Thoughts and emotions are translated into sound.  How do composers strike emotion in our hearts?  Why can music make me feel and think things, transport me to a different mood, make me forget, make me remember?  It is no mistake.

    Music is a moment in time, the paper that the notes are written on is not.  Notation is a time capsule, an archive of history, a communication tool.  Understanding notation will open you up to possibilities that an "ear" player will never achieve.  It will allow you to understand and appreciate every moment in music with a discerning ear.

    To play past works, a musician must breathe life back into a piece of music.  To craft your own works, move forward with intensity, emotion, and honesty.

Contents
  -  Quick Reference
  -  Theory
     -  Level 1
     -  Level 2
     -  Level 3
  -  Harmony & Arranging
     -  Level 4
     -  Level 5
     -  Level 6
  -  Extras

Quick Reference
  -  Blank Sheet Music  -  Chord Chart  -  Chord Symbol Guide  -  Key Chart for Transposing  -  Musical Terms  -  Scale Syllabus  -  Table of Intervals  -  Table of Principle Chords


Theory
Level 1
 - 1.1 Rhythm - Melody - Harmony
 - 1.2 Staff - Clef Signs
 - 1.3 Lines & Spaces - Notation - Double Bar
 - 1.4 Great Staff - Brace - Leger Lines - Middle C
 - 1.5 Notes & Rests (Whole, Half, Quarter) - Measure
 - 1.6 Note & Rest Values - Dotted Notes - Flags & Beams Time Signature (4/4)
 - 1.7 More Note & Rest Values - Counting
 - 1.8 More Dotted Notes - 3/4 & 2/4 Time - Note Stems
 - 1.9 More Leger Lines - Repeat Sign - 1st & 2nd endings - Flat, Sharp, & Natural - Whole & Half Steps
 - 1.10 Ties - Slurs - Major Scale - Step, Skip, & Rep
 - 1.11 Naturals & Accidentals - 8th Notes & Rests
 - 1.12 More Dotted Notes - More Flat, Sharp, Natural, & Accidental
 - 1.13 Level 1 Test    -    Level 1 Answers
 - 1.14 *IN CLASS* = Chord Progressions and Scales:  Pentatonic Scales vs. Diatonic Scales introduction
Level 2
 - 2.1 Pitch, Register, & Range - Key Signature
 - 2.2 Major Scales - Sharp & Flat Key Signatures
 - 2.3 More Major Scales & Key Signatures - Identification
 - 2.4 16th Notes & Rests - Dotted Eighth Notes
 - 2.5 Time: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, 2/2, 3/2 - Alla Breve: Common & Cut Time
 - 2.6 More Ties, Slurs, Repeats, 1st and 2nd endings - Half & Whole steps - Chromatic Scale
 - 2.7 Harmonic & Melodic Intervals - Prime & Octave
 - 2.8 Major, Minor, Augmented, & Diminished Triads - Triad Inversion
 - 2.9 Tetrachords & Major Scales
 - 2.10 Dynamic & Tempo Markings - Circle of 5ths & Keys
 - 2.11 Compound Meter - Syncopation
 - 2.12 Level 2 Test    -    Level 2 Answers
Level 3
 - 3.1 More Leger Lines - More Chromatic Scales - 32nd Notes & Rests - 64th Notes & Rests - Enharmonic Tones
 - 3.2 Simple, Compound, Unequal, & Mixed Meter - Triplets - Signs & Abbreviations
 - 3.3 More Perfect, Major, Minor, Augmented, & Diminished Intervals - Interval Inversion
 - 3.4 More Triads - Changing & Inverting Triads
 - 3.5 Dominant, Major, Minor, & Diminished 7th Chords
 - 3.6 More Major Scales - Relative Key Signatures - Minor Scales
 - 3.7 Modal, Melodic, & Harmonic Minor Scales
 - 3.8 Syllables (Solfege) - Transposition - More Signs & Symbols
 - 3.9 Complex Time Signatures - More Major & Minor Intervals
 - 3.10 More Augmented & Diminished Intervals - Two-Part Harmony - I, IV, & V Chords
 - 3.11 More 7th Chords - Conducting
 - 3.12 Level 3 Test    -    Level 3 Answers

Harmony & Arranging
Level 4
 - 4.1 Triads - Harmonizing with Chords
 - 4.2 Passing & Neighboring Tones - Arpeggios
 - 4.3 Subdominant Triad - Dominant 7th Chord
 - 4.4 Melody Writing
 - 4.5 More Melody Writing - Harmonizing A Melody
 - 4.6 Review - I, IV, & V7 Chord in Minor
 - 4.7 Recognizing Minor Chords - Review
 - 4.8 Level 4 Test
Level 5
 - 5.1 Chord Position - Inversions
 - 5.2 Hymn Tunes - Inversions of the Dominant 7th Chord
 - 5.3 Inversions in Minor - Part Writing
 - 5.4 Arranging for Voices - Secondary Chords
 - 5.5 Transposing Instruments - Saxophone Quartet
 - 5.6 More Passing & Neighboring Tones - Brass Quartet
 - 5.7 Clarinet Quartet - The Piano, Parts, & Assignment
 - 5.8 Level 5 Test
Level 6
 - 6.1 Arranging Review - Form
 - 6.2 More Form - Cadences
 - 6.3 Non-Harmonic Tones
 - 6.4 Simple Modulation - Military Marches
 - 6.5 More Military Marches
 - 6.6 Dominant 9th & Diminished 7th Chord
 - 6.7 String Section - Key Relation
 - 6.8 Level 6 Test

Others, Extras, and Such...
Drum Rudiments
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