Music Theory

The basics

The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines
Note Duration
Measures and Time Signature
Rest Duration
Dots and Ties
Steps and Accidentals

Rhythm and Meter

Simple and Compound Meter
Odd Meter


Scales and key Signatures

The Major Scale
The Minor Scales
Scale Degrees
Key Signatures
Key Signature Calculation


Generic Intervals
Specific Intervals
Writing Intervals
Interval Inversion



Introduction to Chords
Triad Inversion
Seventh Chords
More Seventh Chords
Seventh Chord Inversion

Diatonic Chords

Diatonic Triads
Roman Numeral Analysis: Triads
Diatonic Seventh Chords
Roman Numeral Analysis: Seventh Chords
Composing with Minor Scales
Voicing Chords
Analysis: O Canada


Chord Progressions

Nonharmonic Tones
Phrases and Cadences
Circle Progressions
Common Chord Progressions
Triads in First Inversion
Triads in Second Inversion
Analysis: Auld Lang Syne

Neapolitan Chords

Building Neapolitan Chords
Using Neapolitan Chords
Analysis: Moonlight Sonata