Advanced Music Theory

Course Description:

In this course, students will be immersed in the world of music and the technical details of how music works. The course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and engaging look at music theory and the notation and structure important to its development. Students learn about various aspects of music theory, including the different types of musical staffs, notes, scales, and chords. Students are also exposed to the use of harmony to produce melodic structure. At the completion of this course, students will have gained knowledge of and appreciation for music theory.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): Advanced Music Theory
Course Title (NCES SCED) : Music Theory
Course Provider : Genesee ISD
Content Provided By : Edison Learning
Online Instructor Provided By : Edison Learning
Standards Addressed : National Collegiate Athletic Association
Academic Terms : Semester
Subject Area : Fine and Performing Arts
Course Identifier : Music Theory
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 1

How To Enroll:

Enrollment Website :
Email : [email protected]
Phone : (412) 863-4403

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost: $0.0

Additional Cost Description:


  • Practice notation of and apply function to basic musical score notations.
  • Evaluate musical intervals, assemble musical scale groups, and identify musical keys in examples using varied musical clefs.
  • Compare and contrast note durations, observe changes in tempo, experience stress patterns in varied time signatures and meter, and compose balanced rhythmic values.
  • Organize closely related keys and adjust key signatures using the circle of fifths and the circle of fourths.
  • Understand changes in interval values in music written in natural, harmonic, and melodic minor modes.
  • Compare and contrast intervallic values to create chromatic, whole-tone, and other more distinctive scale types.
  • Read and write major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads and seventh chords within the treble and bass staves.
  • Outline written music into basic musical forms, mark parts of a musical phrase, and identify and describe cadential figures as harmonic resolution within progressions.
  • Within a written musical score, identify and write nonharmonic tones, melodic embellishments, progression and resolution of chords built on scale degrees, and locate areas of tonal emphasis.
  • Using learned concepts for chordal function and harmonic progressions, improve melodies and suggest appropriate harmonic substitutions.

NSQ National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Rating Comments
A1. A course overview and syllabus are included in the online course Fully Met
A2. Minimum computer skills and digital literacy skills expected of the learner are clearly stated.* Fully Met
A3. The instructor’s biographical information and information on how to communicate with the instructor are provided to learners and other stakeholders. Fully Met
A4. Learner expectations and policies are clearly stated and readily accessible within the introductory material of the course. Fully Met
A5. Minimum technology requirements for the course are clearly stated, and information on how to obtain the technologies is provided.* Fully Met
A6. Grading policies and practices are clearly defined in accordance with course content learning expectations. Fully Met
A7. The online course provides a clear description or link to the technical support offered and how to obtain it.* Fully Met
A8. Learners are offered an orientation prior to the start of the online course. Fully Met
Rating Comments
B1. The online course objectives or competencies are measurable and clearly state what the learner will be able to demonstrate as a result of successfully completing the course.* Fully Met
B2. The online course expectations are consistent with course-level objectives or competencies, are representative of the structure of the course, and are clearly stated. Fully Met
B3. The online course content is aligned with accepted state and/or other accepted content standards, where applicable.* Fully Met
B4. Digital literacy and communication skills are incorporated and taught as an integral part of the curriculum.* Fully Met
B5. Supplemental learning resources and related instructional materials are available to support and enrich learning and are aligned to the specific content being delivered.* Fully Met
B6. The online course content and supporting materials reflect a culturally diverse perspective that is free of bias.* Fully Met
B7. The online course materials (e.g., textbooks, primary source documents, OER) that support course content standards are accurate and current. Fully Met
B8. The online course is free of adult content and avoids unnecessary advertisements.* Fully Met
B9. Copyright and licensing status for any third-party content is appropriately cited and easily found. Fully Met
B10. Documentation and other support materials are available to support effective online course facilitation.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
C1. The online course design includes activities that guide learners toward promoting ownership of their learning and self-monitoring. Fully Met
C2. The online course’s content and learning activities promote the achievement of the stated learning objectives or competencies. Fully Met
C3. The online course is organized by units and lessons that fall into a logical sequence. Fully Met
C4. The online course content is appropriate to the reading level of the intended learners.* Fully Met
C5. The online course design includes introductory assignments or activities to engage learners within the first week of the course. Fully Met
C6. The online course provides learners with multiple learning paths as appropriate, based on learner needs, that engage learners in a variety of ways. Fully Met
C7. The online course provides regular opportunities for learner-learner interaction. Fully Met
C8. The online course design provides opportunities for learner-instructor interaction, including opportunities for regular feedback about learner progress.* Fully Met
C9. Online course instructional materials and resources present content in an effective, engaging, and appropriate manner.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
D1. Learner assessments are linked to stated course, unit, or lesson-level objectives or competencies. Fully Met
D2. Valid course assessments measure learner progress toward mastery of content. Fully Met
D3. Assessment practices provide routine and varied opportunities for self-monitoring and reflection of learning.* Fully Met
D4. Assessment materials provide the learner with the flexibility to demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways.* Fully Met
D5. Rubrics that clearly define expectations for varied levels of proficiency are created and shared with learners.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
E1. Online course navigation is logical, consistent, and efficient from the learner’s point of view.* Fully Met
E2. The online course design facilitates readability.* Fully Met
E3. The online course provides accessible course materials and activities to meet the needs of diverse learners.* Fully Met
E4. Course multimedia facilitate ease of use.* Fully Met
E5. Vendor accessibility statements are provided for all technologies required in the course.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
F1. Educational tools ensure learner privacy and maintain confidentiality of learner information in accordance with local, state, and national laws for learner data. Fully Met
F2. The online course tools support the learning objectives or competencies.* Fully Met
F3. The online course provides options for the instructor to adapt learning activities to accommodate learners’ needs and preferences.* Fully Met
F4. The course allows instructors to control the release of content.* Fully Met
F5. The course provides the necessary technical functionality to score and record assessments and calculate earned course points or grades.* Fully Met
Rating Comments
G1. The online course uses multiple methods and sources of input for assessing course effectiveness. Fully Met
G2. The online course is reviewed to ensure that the course is current. Fully Met
G3. The online course is updated on a continuous improvement cycle for effectiveness based on the findings from ongoing reviews. Fully Met

Review Conducted By: Edison Learning
Date of Review: 02/24/2022

  • The beginnings of music theory and musical dynamics
  • Musical pitches and the grand staff
  • Time signatures, hierarchy of note duration, and rhythmic evaluation
  • Relating musical notation to the keyboard
  • Intervals, accidentals, major and minor scales, minor modes
  • Circle of fifths, related keys, key signatures, and enharmonic notes and scales
  • Exploration of simple, compound, and mixed meter
  • Chromatic, whole-tone, pentatonic and octatonic scales
  • Characteristics of triads and tertian harmony
  • Seventh chords and seventh chord inversions
  • Functional harmony for major and minor keys
  • Musical phrases, cadences, and formal analysis of musical forms
  • Chord substitution, melodic embellishments, and figured bass
  • Melodic structure, including melodic shape and treatments
  • Tonal emphasis and tendencies of intervallic consonances and dissonances
  • Harmonization of simple and complex melodies
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This is an asynchronous course. The instructor will send a course intro announcement with their expectations