University Course: Introduction to Music Theory

Larry CoryellIf you are a musician without the time or money to study a music theory course, then here is the goods, delivered right to your computer. I’m missing units 1 and 8, but the rest is intact. Also included are homework assignments to further enhance the learning process. Music theory is a long, but fascinating and very worthwhile road to take. It is in a lot of ways like learning a new language, and is a necessary knowledge to be able to communicate effectively with other musicians.

Make sure that when you click the link, you click the DOWNLOAD bar in blue at the bottom of the page, and not the download at the top of the page – which is just an ad. Enjoy!

Bach Music Notation

Hand drawn music theory by Bach

Introduction to Music Theory Course

Unit 1
Unit 2 – The Elements of Time in Music
Unit 3 – The Elements of Pitch
Unit 4 – Notating Rhythm and Meter
Unit 5 – Introduction to Notating Pitch
Unit 6A –  Movable Tonic
Unit 6B – Key Signatures
Unit 7 – Intervals
Unit 8
Unit 9 – Compound Meter: Triplets
Unit 10 – Minor Keys
Unit 11 – Hyper Meter
Unit 12 – The Modes
Unit 13 – Chords
Unit 14 – Melody
Unit 15 – Texture
Unit 16 – Timbre
Unit 17 – Form

Homework Assignments:

Homework 1
Homework 2
Homework 3
Homework 4
Homework 5
Homework 6
Homework 7

Be sure to check out the other guitar guides scattered throughout the site!

Chord Theory

Scale Theory

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  12. I’m not shy!

    Great website, and the university thing is excellent!

    People tend not to comment much, so don’t worry about it.


    • … too bad the site is blocked at school due to:

      Access has been blocked as the threat Mal/HTMLGen-A has been found on this website.


  13. as i already said before, your website is just amazing. even the links to the other websites are amazing. i’ve done some classes and studied by myself via internet/books, but YOU hit the EXACT points that one needs to know about studying music. once again, thanks. and please don’t stop the good work!


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  15. Dear big helper
    Thanks for your work. Im trying to eat all of this.
    Btw. I need to make a song so can you show me the way to know like bass theory. Drum or back ground theory to make one simple song.
    Have a good day.


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