This module concentrates on teaching the fundamentals of music theory. It covers the language of music, the recognition of tones, harmonies and rhythm and how to translate that into a written form. This module will teach you to listen to intervals and recognize the relationship between notes and understand the context of this in terms of songs and music.
By the end of Level 1 a successful student should be able to:
Aurally Identify all intervals.
Read basic notated score in both treble and bass clef.
Develop their knowledge of intervals and how they are used to build triads.
Use all Major and Minor scales.
All lessons in this module from the middle of term 1 should have at least ten minutes of ear training as well as the theory content.
Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music. The Oxford Companion to Music describes three interrelated uses of the term "music theory":
Music theory is frequently concerned with describing how musicians and composers make music, including tuning systems and composition methods among other topics. Because of the ever-expanding conception of what constitutes music (see Definition of music), a more inclusive definition could be that music theory is the consideration of any sonic phenomena, including silence, as they relate to music. This is not an absolute guideline; for example, the study of "music" in the Quadrivium
liberal arts university curriculum that was common in medieval Europe was an abstract system of proportions that was carefully studied at a distance from actual musical practice.
However, this medieval discipline became the basis for tuning systems in later centuries, and it is generally included in modern scholarship on the history of music theory.