This class is designed for the electronic musician that wants to take their tracks to the next level.
In this class we will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies. No experience with music theory is necessary. Playing an instrument and reading music is also not necessary. We will be focusing on how to use your DAW as your instrument to create with.
For years I've been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Music Theory can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn't be a barrier.

What will I learn in this Course?

  • Using the Piano Roll Editor
  • Octaves
  • Finding C and Middle C
  • The Perfect 5th
  • What it means to be "in key"
  • Moveable Patterns
  • Major and Minor Intervals
  • Building Triads
  • Chord Progressions
  • 7th Chords
  • ... And much more!!!

Course Outline

  • Welcome & Overview
    • Welcome!
  • Understanding Music Theory from an Electronic Music Perspective
    • Octaves
    • Using Octaves
    • The Black Keys (Not the Band…)
    • Finding C and Middle C
    • Section 1 Summary
  • The Perfect Fifth
    • Finding Fifths
    • Being “In Key”
    • The Pattern of a Key
    • Fifth Examples
  • More with Keys, The Third, and the Basic Triad
    • The Major and Minor Third
    • Building Triads
    • Chord Progressions
  • Diatonic Chord Progressions
    • Finding All the Chords
    • Roman Numerals
    • Example Song Analysis No. 1
    • Inversions
  • 7th Chords
    • 7th Chord Introduction
    • Diatonic 7th Chords
    • Maj7 (Major 7) Example
    • Dominant 7th Chords
    • Blues and the 7th Chord
  • The Other Intervals
    • The Fourth
    • The Second
    • The Sixth
    • Song Analysis No. 2
  • Wrap Up
    • That’s it (for now!)

Course Information

Estimated Time: 3.25 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD 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. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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Welcome & Overview

Understanding Music Theory from an Electronic Music Perspective

The Perfect Fifth

More with Keys, The Third, and the Basic Triad

Diatonic Chord Progressions

7th Chords

The Other Intervals

Wrap Up

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