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Music Theory Comprehensive, Part 14: The Fugue and Invention

Welcoming the world into music theory through non-pretentious classes.
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What you are going to learn

Welcome to the World of Music Theory. Don't Worry - It's Going to be Ok.

My approach to music theory is to minimize the memorization. Most of these concepts you can learn by just understanding why chords behave in certain ways. Once you understand those concepts, you can find any scale, key, or chord that exists. Even invent your own. If you've tried to learn music theory before, or if you are just starting out - this series of courses is the perfect fit.

This class is Part 1. In it we will focus on how to read music, and the symbols we use to notate music.
It begins what would be the first semester of a college music theory class (according to the typical American academic system for learning music theory).
Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover:
  • Baroque Era Contrapuntal Devices
  • The Subject
  • Fortspinnung
  • Compound Melody
  • Step Progressions
  • Analyzing the Subject
  • Real and Tonal Answers
  • The Countersubject
  • Invertable Counterpoint
  • Double and Triple Counterpoint
  • Exposition Analysis
  • The Episode
  • Analyzing the Episode
  • Graphing a Fugue
  • Double and Triple Fugues
  • Stretto
  • Inversion
  • Augmentation
  • Diminution
  • Canon
  • Why do we care about Fugues?
  • ...and much, much more!

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

Course reviews

These classes are the first good experience I've ever had with music theory and I found them well taught and easily intelligible. This means a lot to me. Going through grade school, some few decades ago, I had innumerable bad experiences with music theory. These classes by Jason made a huge difference and I found that, properly taught, I actually enjoy the subject and it has been easy to learn. I really  credit most of this to the style of teaching, so thank you!
- Michael Helmeste
Like a lot of Jason's courses, he packs in so much information. I thought I knew a lot about music, but in these music theory classes, I found out that I didn't know that much. He has filled in the gaps that I had and introduced me to a whole new world of music...I remember practicing scales when I was a kid taking trumpet lessons, but had no idea as to why the instructor wanted me to learn it...Now I know. I love how these courses have the worksheets at the end of the different sections, they really help to zero in on concepts...I bought all the courses on music theory after looking at the contents...Well done...
- Calvin Hood