Course Description

If you enjoy music and would like to know more about what makes it work, this is the course for you. You'll gain a complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony, and you'll be able to recognize pitches on the musical staff and on the keyboard. Each lesson will build on previous lessons, while also introducing new musical concepts.

You'll explore the keyboard in full detail, with an emphasis on the structure of major scale and the signatures of major keys. You will examine the many significant contributions early music theorists made to the understanding of music and be able to build intervals, major scales, and chords. By the time you complete this comprehensive and full-featured course, you'll be able to read, write, and even play simple pieces of music!

Course Outline

Lesson 01 - Overview of Musical Elements
  • In this first lesson, you'll go through an overview of the major elements of music—melody, harmony, and rhythm. It's important that you understand these general terms because you'll explore each of them in detail in the coming lessons.
Lesson 02 - Rhythm, Beat, Meter, and Time Signatures
  • This is your introduction to the concept of rhythm. You'll explore its various components: beat, meter, and time signatures. You'll also learn how to read and apply time signatures to music.
Lesson 03 - Other Meters, Syncopation, and Tempo
  • You'll continue exploring meter in this lesson and then look at aspects of rhythm such as syncopation and tempo. You'll learn how and why syncopation is used.
Lesson 04 - Melody, Staff, Clef Signs, Pitches
  • In this lesson, you'll delve into the musical concept of melody. You'll learn to read the treble and bass clefs. You'll find out how to read notes found in musical compositions and how to notate pitches to create music.
Lesson 05 - Pitches Outside of the Staff
  • For many compositions, pitches are used that do not fall within the pitch range of the musical staff. With this lesson, you'll discover how to notate these pitches through the use of ledger lines.
Lesson 06 - Finding Pitches on the Keyboard
  • If you've wanted to learn how to play piano, you'll love this lesson. The focus is on learning the names of the keys on the keyboard. You'll match the pitches from the staff to the keyboard, so you'll be learning to read and play at the same time. By the end, you'll be able to read and play simple songs.
Lesson 07 - Construction of Major Scales
  • In this lesson, you'll learn how to build major scales. The scale is the building block for composing a piece of music. You'll find out how to construct a scale on any pitch.
Lesson 08 - Scale Degrees Names and Early Music Theorists
  • This lesson introduces you to the names of each member of the scale. Knowing these names will enable you to discuss the functions and roles of each pitch in any key. These concepts have roots in ancient Greece, so you'll learn a little about those who have influenced how people create music.
Lesson 09 - Major Key Signatures
  • Having covered major scales, you'll now examine the names of the major keys. You'll learn how to recognize the name of a key by the key signature and how to recognize a scale from the name of the key.
Lesson 10 - Concept of Harmony
  • This lesson will discuss the last musical element, harmony. It will focus on creating more than one pitch at a time—the layering of musical pitches. You'll begin by looking at two simultaneous pitches, known as intervals.
Lesson 11 - Compound Intervals, Interval Inversions, and Triads
  • In this lesson, you'll continue to explore intervals. One thing you'll learn is how to invert them, which is helpful when you work with chords. You'll also discover how to build three note chords, which are called triads.
Lesson 12 - Triads and the Tonic Dominant Chordal Relationship
  • In this final lesson, you'll examine some of the simple relationships between triads. You'll learn how to identify which chord should be used for harmony in simple two chord progressions.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand major elements of music—melody, harmony, and rhythm
  • Read and apply time signatures to music
  • Explain how and why syncopation is used
  • Read notes found in musical compositions and notate pitches to create music
  • Identify which chord should be used for harmony in simple two chord progressions


This is an asynchronous online course offered through the third party vendor ed2go. This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook. You must have speakers or headphones. The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. There are twelve lessons in the course, and two lessons are released each week on Wednesdays and Fridays. You do not have to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such, we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your coursework, including the final exam.
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Section Title
Music Made Easy
Online, Asynchronous
May 15, 2024 to Jul 05, 2024
Contact Hours
  • Central Campus / CPCC
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $120.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
May 08, 2024
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