Music Theory

We've just added a couple of useful new resources to Online Course 1A. Check out this guide to types of note values - and how to say them in British *and* American English!...

When you're first starting to read music, you'll quickly come across different types of notes. The rhythm of each note is represented by the SHAPE of the note-head and the stem. This PDF shows some of the most common note values that you'll see. The words on the right of each note represent the rhythm names for each...

The circle of fifths is a mathematical musical theory tool. It explores the relationships between musical intervals, based on discoveries made by the mathematician Pythagoras two and a half thousand years ago....

  When you first start learning the violin, you will also start learning to read music. To a musician, written music is like an actor’s script. It tells you what to play, when to play it and how to play it. Music, like language, is written...

  For at least the last two thousand years, the majority of composed art music in the Western world has been made up of two or more simultaneous musical sounds or pitches. The name given to this combination of sounds is harmony. Most descriptions of harmony focus...