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Music Theory: Foundations for Great Music (The Great Courses Series)

MUS-904
3 Credits
Online
No Ratings
MUS-904
3 Credits
Online
No Ratings

What is the Music Theory: Foundations for Great Music Course?

Music has a phenomenal power to move, transport, and delight us. Across numerous styles and forms, great music expresses the inexpressible, speaks across time and cultures, and galvanizes audiences across the world. And the more we understand about music, the more we appreciate it, and a knowledge of music theory is the best place to start. In this course, you will explore the essential elements of musical form, structure, and composition, such as tonality, rhythm and meter, counterpoint, harmony, musical narrative, and playing the score. Throughout the course, you will learn to read and understand the written score, see how musical tones are written down in the form of notes, study how rhythm and meter work in music, how the key element of musical harmony functions, how a musical score is performed, and much more. With highly valuable insights for both listeners and instrumentalists, these 18 engaging lessons will teach you to become literate in the language of music.

Dr. Rich Kriegbaum

Instructor
I studied and performed piano from third grade through college and violin for six years. He has performed in and conducted choral music ensembles and congregational singing from high school to the present. As university president he worked closely with music faculty and student performing ensembles. As president of Fresno Pacific University, I helped lead the formal development of the professional development program, including the appointment of its first full-time director, its integration with the academic and financial systems of the University, and its grounding in Christian faith-based values and educational philosophy. Later I was for several years the instructor of a professional development course in education related technology. And I have been a participant in the annual meeting of the professional development faculty.