Music Theory Comprehensive: Part 11 - Melody & Motives

Jason Allen, PhD, Ableton Certified Trainer

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37 Lessons (2h 34m)
    • 1. Introduction & Overview

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Review!

    • 4. The Full Muse Score File

    • 5. Why Do We Care About Phrasing

    • 6. Defining A Phrase

    • 7. Phrasing In Hey Jude

    • 8. Finding Phrases

    • 9. Phrase Notation

    • 10. Definition Of A Motive

    • 11. Eleanor Rigby

    • 12. Finding Motives in Eleanor Rigby

    • 13. Labeling Motives

    • 14. Motive Alternations

    • 15. Setting Up A Motive

    • 16. Contour Rhythm Transposition Interval

    • 17. Motive Inversion

    • 18. Motive Augmentation And Diminution

    • 19. Extension And Truncation

    • 20. Motive Fragmentation

    • 21. Harmonizing Altered Motives

    • 22. Musical Sentences

    • 23. Finding Musical Sentences

    • 24. Sentences, Phrases, And Motives

    • 25. The Musical Period

    • 26. Anticedents

    • 27. Consequents

    • 28. Periods

    • 29. Performing Phrases

    • 30. Finding Hypermeter

    • 31. Phrase Rhythm

    • 32. Phrase And Motive

    • 33. Manipulations

    • 34. Sentences And Periods

    • 35. What Next?

    • 36. Thanks & Bye!

    • 37. SkillshareFinalLectureV2

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About This Class

For years I've been teaching Music Theory in the college classroom. These classes I'm making for Skillshare use the same syllabus I've used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost. I believe anyone can learn Music Theory - and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

Recently I was named as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation's Music Educator of the Year award because of my in-person university classes. Now I'm taking those classes to Skillshare in an online format in order to reach more students and give them the joy of Music Theory.

My approach to music theory is to minimize memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own.

This class is a Comprehensive class - it will have many parts, going through my entire annual curriculum.

This class is Part 11: Melody, Motives, and Phrases. It continues what would be the second semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).

Throughout this class, If you get stuck, you can review the videos or post a question, and I'll back to it as fast as possible. 

In this class, we will cover:

  • Tools of Music Theory
  • Why phrases are important
  • Identifying Phrases
  • Finding Motives
  • Labeling Motives and Phrases
  • Melody Augmentation
  • Melody Diminution
  • Melody Inversion
  • Melody Extension and Truncation
  • Countour, Rhythm, Transposition, and Interval Alterations
  • Harmonizing altered melodies
  • Musical Sentences
  • Musical Periods
  • Antecedents
  • Consequents
  • Performing Phrases
  • Hypermeter
  • Phrase Rhythm
  • ...and much, much more!

And of course, once you sign up for Part 11: Melody, Motives, and Phrases you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Music Theory in a more comprehensive way than this. 

Dr. Jason Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer and a Ph.D. in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. His 2015 album, Aniscorcia, reaching the CMJ Top200 Charts and radio broadcasts nationwide. In 2014 he was named a semi-finalist for the Grammy Music Educator Award.

He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for classes by Dr. Jason Allen:

"Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way to being proficient. What are you waiting for!"

"Amazing - Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I'm so happy! Learned loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!"

"I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me."

"I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!"

"I've watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!"

"Clear and Informative - Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!"

"Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn't aware of."

"The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don't want to know."