Popular Music Theory Master Class

Prepare youself for the theoretical entrance examination of the the Pop department of the Conservatory of Amsterdam

by Christian Pabst

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This workshop consists of 11 lessons that will introduce you to the basic concepts and terms that we need to know in order to understand music. It will give you not only a firm fundament in music theory but also enable you to analyse chord progressions of the songs you love.

Each lesson deals with a specific topic, which will be explored thoroughly. Each lesson is enriched with many examples and exercises. The explanation is followed by many assignments that will help you  understand, apply and internalise the content on a practical level. If you wish to receive personalised feedback each lesson please try the course "Popular Theory" on our course page!

 

 

 


Lesson 1 : Intervals
In this lesson, we will talk about the construction and the sound of all the different intervals.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Practicing Intervals
, Perfect Intervals
, Major & Minor Intervals
Lesson 2 : Major & Minor
In this video, you will learn everything you need to know about the two most important tonalities: major and minor.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
The Chromatic Scale,Accidentals
,The Major Scale
,The Minor Scale,Relative Minor, LeadingTones
Lesson 3 : The Circle of Fifths
In this lesson, we will explore the circle of fifths and learn how to apply to our daily practicing routine.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Tonality
,Circle of Fifths
- Including the Relative Minor into the Circle of Fifths 
- Key Signatures
,Enharmonic Equivalents
,Practicing with the circle of fifths
,Recognising the fifth drop in songs & progressions.
Lesson 4 : Triads
In this video, we will learn how to construct major and minor as well as augmented and diminished triads and find out their place within tonality.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Constructing triads
,Major & Minor Triads
,Augmented and diminished triads
,The triads of the major scale.
Lesson 5 : Harmonic Functions
In this lesson, we will learn about the three essential harmonic functions in music, the tonic, the dominant and the sub-dominant, and their effect on music.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Essential Harmonic Functions
, I-IV-V progression
,Tonic, Dominant and Sub-dominant

Lesson 6 : Inversions
In this video, you will learn not only how to construct different inversions of triads but also how to analyse them in a chord progression.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Inversions of triads
, Analyzing inversions in a harmonic analysis
, Recognizing inversions of triads by ear
, Notation of triads

Lesson 7 : Analysis
This lesson consists out of a thorough harmonic analysis of an often used chord scheme that includes many inversions and a short introduction to voice-leading.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Progressions with descending bass lines and inversions,Harmonic analysis of a classic pop progression
,Voice-Leading
,Notation.

Lesson 8 : The Fifth Degree in Minor
In this video, you will learn about the harmonic minor scale and its effect on progressions in minor, especially on the fifth degree.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Chord progressions in minor
,The harmonic minor scale
,The natural minor scale
, The harmonic fifth degree in minor , Chromatic resolutions.
Lesson 9 : Seventh Chords
In this lesson, we will be talking about all the different seventh chords, their construction as well as their inversions and location in a given tonality.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Constructing diatonic seventh chords
,Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th chords,Half-diminished chords,Inversions of diatonic seventh chords
,The diatonic seventh chords of the major scale.

Lesson 10 : Secondary Dominants
In this video, we will explore the concept of replacing or preparing diatonic functions with secondary dominants.
Introduction
The topics we will talk about are :
Secondary Dominants
,Exemplary progressions
,Replacing or preparing diatonic functions with secondary dominants
Lesson 11 : Moll-Dur
In this lesson, we will be talking about Moll-Dur, a great concept for songwriting that will help you make your chord progressions more interesting.
The topics we will talk about are :
The concept of Moll-Dur
,Moll - Dur Scales
,Analysis of progressions with Moll-Dur