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Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 5: Structure

Music theory for the rest of us.
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What you are going to learn

It's time to get past our fear of the MIDI grid.

In this class we learn how to work with the piano roll editor in a DAW to make harmonies, melodies, and whole tracks, and then we expand on those ideas and work with harmonic patterns (harmony) that is more rich than just major and minor. 

While Ableton Live is used in this class, the concepts are easily adaptable to any and all music platforms. So if you use Logic, FL Studio, Reaper, Pro Tools, LMMS, or any of the other DAW programs, you will have no trouble following along.

The most important part of this class is an extensive foray into using these techniques in actual tracks. I'll be creating a bunch of tracks throughout this class, right along with you, each using a different technique so you can see exactly how I incorporate it right into my music.
If you are finding that you are writing track after track, and while they sound good, there is something they are missing - then this it. You are missing the sense of harmony that professional producers have. In this class, I'll arm you with all the tools you need to produce those tracks just like you imagine them.

Here is a list of some of the topics we will cover:
  • Form
  • Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Break, Drop, etc.
  • Analysis Sections
  • Using Standard Forms
  • Binary Form
  • Ternary Form
  • Rondo Form
  • Theme and Variation
  • My Secret-Weapon Form (top secret!)
  • Techniques for Creating Variety
  • Density and Texture in Form
  • Melody and Phrases
  • The Science of Melody
  • Motive Alteration Techniques
  • ... And much more!!!

  • This class is taught by J. Anthony Allen, who literally wrote the book on this topic. 

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

As someone with no prior experience of music theory, but a huge love for music and a desire to produce it, this course has been fantastic to really eloquently explain the fundamentals of music theory and how they relate to music production
- Harry Morley
So glad I took this course …Jason is amazing teacher…the way he raises a question and answers it at critical moments during lessons is amazing…reinforced my music theory and sparked my interest in ableton live…good job Jason
- Zell