Music Theory Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Music exists, first and foremost, in the soul, mind and body. It is something we feel before we understand it. Your introduction to the wonderful world of music theory, this course will help you to decipher the language used to describe the intoxicating combination of art and science that is music.

You’ll be guided through the fundamental underpinnings of modern western music theory and the building blocks used to create melodies and chords, leaving you well-prepared to tackle any piece that you might encounter in your development as a musician.

You’ll learn the 12 notes of the musical alphabet, be able to differentiate between the two systems that exist for writing music in treble and bass clefs, understand the rhythmic values of notes and discover many rhythmic concepts.

You’ll explore the major and natural minor scales, learn how to write both generic and specific intervals on the stave, and become familiar with the diatonic triads of major and minor keys.

The course provides a detailed analysis of the role played by seventh chords in western music theory, how to construct major seventh, minor seventh and dominant seventh chords, and the role of seventh chords in major and minor scales.

An introduction to the concept of modes in western music theory is also included.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Learn how to read music and interpret notes and intervals
  • Become familiar with the major and minor scales
  • Understand the diatonic triads of major and minor keys
  • Explore the role played by seventh chords
  • Become familiar with the concept of modes
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Musical Alphabet
  • Part 2: The Treble Clef
  • Part 3: The Bass Clef
  • Part 4: Reading Sharps and Flats
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Note Duration
  • Part 2: Rests and Rest Duration
  • Part 3: Time Signatures
  • Part 4: Reading Music in 3/4 Time
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Major Scale
  • Part 2: Understanding Intervals
  • Part 3: Enharmonic Spellings in Scales
  • Part 4: Scales, Triads and Chords
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Understanding Minor Tonality
  • Part 2: Seeing the Natural Minor Scale Differently
  • Part 3: The Harmonic Minor Scale
  • Part 4: The Melodic Minor Scale
  • Part 5: Building Minor Chords
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Generic Intervals
  • Part 2: Specific Intervals
  • Part 3: Diminished and Augmented Intervals
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Foundations of Chords
  • Part 2: Diminished Triads
  • Part 3: Finding the Diatonic Triads of the Major Scale
  • Part 4: The Roman Numeral System
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Diatonic Triads of Natural Minor
  • Part 2: Diatonic Triads of the Harmonic Minor Scale
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is a Seventh Chord?
  • Part 2: Minor Seventh Chords
  • Part 3: Dominant Seventh Chords
  • Part 4: Diatonic Seventh Chords
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Reviewing the Major Diatonic Sevenths
  • Part 2: Diatonic Sevenths of the Natural Minor Scale
  • Part 3: The Diatonic Sevenths of Harmonic Minor
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is a Mode?
  • Part 2: The Second Mode
  • Part 3: The Third Mode
  • Part 4: The Fourth Mode
  • Part 5: The Fifth Mode
  • Part 6: The Seventh Mode
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you’ve never studied music theory before or need a refresh of the fundamentals, this is your course. It provides an overview of the elementary concepts that a beginner needs to master before delving deeper into music theory.

By the end of the Music Theory Diploma Course, you will be well-equipped with the fundamental knowledge necessary to continue learning about music theory, having covered a wide range of essential musical concepts from staves, scales and time signatures to triads, seventh chords and modes.

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The Music Theory Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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