Music Theory Online


Course Overview

  • Course Length:

    1 semester.

  • Course Credit:


  • Program:

    Homeschool Advantage – NFC Academy Teachers – Accredited

    Home School Plus – Home Teacher – Accredited

    Home School Basics – Home Teacher – Not Accredited

  • High School:

    Grades 9-12

  • NCAA Approved

    Not a Core Course.

  • Accredited:

    Cognia-SACS, Middle States, FACCS

Music Theory is a semester-length fine arts elective for high school students. The course requires no prior instrumental, vocal, or music theory study. Using the piano keyboard as a visual basis for comprehension, the course materials explore the nature of music, integrating these concepts into details of music. Throughout the series of assignments, ear training exercises are interspersed with the bones of composition technique, building in students the ability not only to hear and appreciate music, but step-by-step, to create it in written form as well. This highly interactive course culminates in the students producing original compositions, which while based on standard notation, demonstrate facets of personal expression. As the students’ ability to perform increases in the future, they will better understand music and therefore better demonstrate its intrinsic communication of emotion and ideas.

Laying the groundwork for a lifetime love of music, students in this course will discover the basics of music and even try their hand at composition. From rhythm and meter to making harmony and working with chords, this enriching elective allows students to explore music-making with online tools. Students will engage their imaginations as they conceive, write, and compose music and study note-reading.

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Course Concepts & Samples

Curriculum Focus

  • Rhythm and Meter: Students Will Build a Foundational Understanding of the Elements of Musical Rhythm and Meter, Including the Measure of Different Notes, Time Signatures, and Special Rhythms; Additionally, Students Will Participate in Ear Training Exercises to Build Their Skill in This Area.
  • Notation and Pitch: Students Will Identify Musical Symbols, Intervals, and Instrumentation, and Will Be Able to Use This Knowledge to Compose and Original Melody.
  • Scales and Key Signatures: Students Will Examine Scaled and Both Major and Minor Keys; Projects Include Ongoing Ear Training Exercises, the Transposition of a Melody to a New Key, and the Composition of Original, Non-Diatonic Melodies.
  • Harmony: Students Will Construct an Understanding of the Key Aspects of Harmony Including the Various Categories of Intervals and Triads, and Participate in Ongoing Ear Training Exercises; This Unit Culminates in the Independent Composition of a Simple Accompaniment.
  • Making Music: Students Will Actively Participate in the Interpretation and Composition of Music, Utilizing Their Knowledge of Musical Elements such as Rhythm, Pitch, Key, Harmony, and Expression.
  • Course Review and Exam: Students Will Complete a Full Review of Key Course Concepts, and Demonstrate Their Mastery Through a Final Examination.

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