Music Theory Fundamentals for Producers

Learn the basics of Music Theory

Music theory can seem daunting if its tools and practice aren’t familiar to you. Understanding the basics is essential as a producer, engineer, musician or more broadly in the music business. Once you are familiar with the language of music theory it will help you with whichever direction you wish to pursue. This practical, beginner level, two-day course will provide you with the necessary building blocks to utilise music theory in your approach to writing, creating and producing music.

Throughout the course, you’ll be introduced to the overarching topics that comprise music theory as well as deep diving into key subjects. You’ll undertake a range of class exercises and interactive demonstrations to develop your knowledge and skills. The curriculum has been developed to incorporate an innovative approach to learning music theory and the hands-on practical exercises will help you understand the key components.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify different time signatures and understand how they can be applied to your own compositions
  • Organise mathematical elements within music
  • Recognise and count pulses, downbeats and divisions
  • Identify key elements on a musical score
  • Place note values on the stave (treble and bass)
  • Identify the most valuable scales for creative purposes
  • Use scales to construct diverse chord types
  • Understand how to arrange (voice) the most simplistic chords to sound rich and advanced
  • Use practice planning to improve your understanding and definition of intervals
  • Add up the contents of bars
  • Use new techniques to help develop your sense of pitch
  • Use your knowledge of music theory to enhance your performance and listening skills

Key Facts:

Duration: 2 days, 10 am to 6 pm
Course Dates: Dates for 2020 TBC
Study Mode: Short course
Level: Beginner
Course Leader: Mat Mckinley
Course Fee: £350 

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