Music theory cirriculum?

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  1. xeno14

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    High School senior with little to no theory knowledge. I want to get a head start before college. Is there anything good for free online, or any good textbook?
     
  2. DaTrump

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    teoría - Music Theory Web

    musictheory.net

    Teoria is going to be your best bet.

    Know your scales and intervals first and foremost. If you have time learn basic partwriting and chord progressions. Honestly, as an ex music major, if you know your intervals and scales, your first semester of theory will be a breeze.
     
  3. akinsgre

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    I just asked the same question over at reddit.com/r/musictheory

    I've since gone through almost all of musictheory.net And someone else posted that Coursera is doing music theory classes now ( https://www.coursera.org/course/musictheory ).
     
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    Brekelefuw Fortissimo User

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    Jazz theory or classical?
    If it is jazz, get Mark Levine's Jazz Theory book. Berklee Press also sells their mmusic books, which are great.
     
  6. Peter McNeill

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    Here's a freebee, I have not done it, so not sure where it is pitched.
    https://www.coursera.org/course/musicianship

    Maybe useful. At least it is free**

    ^^^^\\**Maybe not so free, I just checked it, and could not get past having to pay $40 and give a lot of details. Still it may be helpful for someone.
     
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    It's free.. the signup is just a bit confusing.
     
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    Buy yourself a copy of kostka and Payne tonal harmony and start reading. Some editions come with a workbook that you could start working through as well.
     
  9. xeno14

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    Cool stuff. I took one of the coursera courses for jazz improv a month ago and it was pretty cool. It sucks that the classes take place at diffrent times so you have to wait months for a specific class.
     
  10. SteveRicks

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    I know my son is in an AP music theory class at his high school- came and asked for a check for $89 for the test last night. He has 4 AP classes this year- each will need a check for the test. Anyway, he seems to have learned a good deal in it. Wish more schools offered it.
     

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