What's in the course?
- 7 Modules
- 25 Short 2-5 Minute Videos
- Over 50 Music Exercises
Build a solid foundation or fill in your gaps. These fundamentals apply to all music whether classical, jazz, rock, bluegrass, etc.
If you put in the work, you will know your music theory!
Exercises for the following
- Note Names
- Treble, Bass, Alto, & Tenor Clefs
- Intervals — minor, major, augmented & diminished
- Triads — minor, major, augmented & diminished
- 7th Chords — dominant, minor, major, half-diminished, diminished
- Major & Minor Key Signatures
Works on all devices
Who I Am
Hi, I’m Ryan.
I am a pianist, teacher, and a software engineer. I am a trained classical pianist raised on a lot of Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt. The last few years I have been digging deep into the world of Jazz piano.
I have my Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. I also have a B.S. in Computer Science.
I have taught university music theory courses, as well as private and group piano lessons. Throughout all my teaching, I could not find a tool to help my students master their theory concepts.
That’s why I built this course and accompanying exercises.
Why Music Theory?
- learn music faster
- memorize more securely
- understand the language of music
- applies to all styles of music (Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, …)
- play by ear
Learn more about the why of music theory at Why Music Theory.
Why Another Music App?
I wanted an app to drill the basics and advanced concepts.
I hope to build out enough exercises that you could pass the AP Music Theory exam or the first semester music theory at a university.
I also needed an app that would work on my phone and my laptop. Too often I had an app that would only work on one device or the other.
Who is this for?
I use these exercises on my phone in lessons to quiz my students. I quiz my 7 year old beginning students on note names and interval reading and my more advanced students on 7th chords and inversions.
Every exercise has an accompanying video that explains the theory and how to do the exercise. These exercises would make a great study guide to help students in an AP music theory course or a university theory course.
The videos and exercises assume no prior knowledge of music theory. However, music theory exists to help us learn music better. The videos and exercises do not replace practice time at your instrument playing real music. Understanding the theory can help you learn faster, memorize better, and play more musically.
Every musician needs to master their fundamentals. If you need to brush up on your theory this would be a great course for you.