Why should I try learning music theory?
Music theory gives you an insight as to how the music world works. The everyday songs we listen to, whether they are of the pop, jazz, or classical genre are all made from the same basic building blocks and language of music theory. Music theory helps your brain develop multiple aspects of critical thinking, as theory is based more on mathematics than you would think. Not only so, but it is vital to include multiple aspects of art in your life to maintain good emotional health and balance. This is the perfect way to incorporate the STEAM mindset into your school studies. This course is also perfect for helping you in your band, orchestra, or AP music theory class.
How do I get started?
First, it is recommended to start with mastering the basics of the classical music courses and practices listed below. It is vital you are fluent in this language before moving on to jazz or any other styles. Start with the beginner textbooks and work your way up to the advanced, completing all the exercises along the way. Once you feel comfortable, feel free to focus more on the jazz options. Once finished, take your learnings to the audio production lab to create your own songs!
Classical music is the foundation upon which all music lies. Classical is comprised of pieces from as early as 1720 to impressionist styles in the 1940 to now, modern contemporary music. It is vital that one develops a solid foundation in classical theory, if they are to pursue music as a hobby or profession.
Advanced Textbook with Basic Exercises: https://www.earmaster.com/music-theory-online/ch01/chapter-1-1.html
Intermediate Interactive Textbook with Animations: https://www.musictheory.net/lessons
Beginner Textbook with Piano Application: https://www.teoria.com/en/tutorials/reading/
Basic Practice: https://www.musictheory.net/exercises
Free Advanced Level College Course by the University of Edinburgh (Must Create Free Account and Enroll): https://www.coursera.org/learn/edinburgh-music-theory?ranMID=40328&ranEAID=SAyYsTvLiGQ&ranSiteID=SAyYsTvLiGQ-yB760yPsqK.4jXTG94k7vg&siteID=SAyYsTvLiGQ-yB760yPsqK.4jXTG94k7vg&utm_content=10&utm_medium=partners&utm_source=linkshare&utm_campaign=SAyYsTvLiGQ
Practical Applications with Music Listening Free Yale College Course(Very advanced, recommended for those with prior experience or those who have completed all of the other classical music exercises): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9LXrs9vCXK56qtyK4qcqwHrbf0em_81r
These courses focus on the basic music theory for jazz and the technique behind improvisation for those who play instruments. Jazz is a more free flowing style, with less rules and strictness as to how the music can be formed. It is very subtle, swingy, and rich at the same time. This is a pinnacle of music in general and it recommended to balance classical music theory studies with jazz practices. Just a reminder that jazz builds very much upon the foundations established in classical Music. Please practice extensively with classical before moving on to jazz.
Jazz Theory Textbook with Practice: https://musictheory.pugetsound.edu/mt21c/JazzChordBasics.html
Advanced College Level Improvisation Course by Berklee College of Music: https://www.coursera.org/learn/jazz-improvisation?ranMID=40328&ranEAID=SAyYsTvLiGQ&ranSiteID=SAyYsTvLiGQ-dJa1nABElG0gbpFL0.GwPQ&siteID=SAyYsTvLiGQ-dJa1nABElG0gbpFL0.GwPQ&utm_content=10&utm_medium=partners&utm_source=linkshare&utm_campaign=SAyYsTvLiGQ
This course goes into the more digital aspects of music, with the basics of soundtrack production and meter. This is a very hands on practical application for those who have already completed the classical or jazz courses and practices.
Audio Production Basics Course: https://learningmusic.ableton.com/