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Name: Introduction to Music Theory
ID: col10208
Language: English (en)
Summary: This course introduces the basic concepts and terms needed to discuss melody and harmony. It is intended for teens or adults with no background in music theory but some familiarity with reading common notation and playing an instrument (or singing). Concepts covered include interval, major and minor keys and scales, triads and chords.
Collection Subtype: Course
Subject: Arts
Keywords: chords, harmony, interval, key, major key, major scale, minor key, minor scale, music theory, triads
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 1.0

Authors: Catherine Schmidt-Jones (
Copyright Holders: Catherine Schmidt-Jones (
Maintainers: Catherine Schmidt-Jones (

Latest version: 1.5 (history)
First publication date: Mar 24, 2003 3:03 pm US/Central
Last revision to collection: Mar 14, 2005 10:11 am US/Central


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Version History

Version: 1.5 Mar 14, 2005 10:11 am US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Added ear training, consonance and dissonance, chords beyond triads, and cadence

Version: 1.4 Jan 18, 2005 8:54 am US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Edited metadata

Version: 1.3 Jan 22, 2004 11:16 am US/Central by (Unknown)
Course composer upgrade

Version: 1.2 Dec 11, 2003 3:42 pm US/Central by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
Added module "Beginning Harmonic Analysis"

Version: 1.1 Jul 25, 2003 3:46 pm GMT-5 by Brent Hendricks
Added modules

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