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Music Theory Links

Links to Useful Music Theory Resources

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Acoustics

The Physics of Sound and the Physiology of Hearing

 

Analysis

Schenkerian Analysis

 

Avant Garde Music Techniques

Introduction to Post-Functional Music Analysis: Set Theory, The Matrix, and the Twelve-Tone Method

12 Tone Music - A VERY accessible and interesting video by "recreational mathemusician" Vi Hart. [Video] *Highly Recommended*

Fractal Music

Quarter Tone Music [Video]

Axis System

Pitch Class Sets

 

Counterpoint

An Introduction to Species Counterpoint

Species Counterpoint: A Structural Examination of Tonality, Vocabulary, Texture, Sonorities, and Time Organization in Western Art Music

 

Definitions

Genres of Music - a list

 

Dissertations

Database of PhD dissertations on music theory, musicology and ethnomusicology

 

Fun

Music Quotes

Music Theory Song [Video]

Donald Duck in Math Magic Land - Music (Explains musical ratios and Pythagorus) [Video]

 

Harmony & Chords

Database of examples of music theory harmony concepts

Harmonic Progressions  common in tonal classical music

Chord Progressions in Pop Music - an introduction [Video]

Bach Chorale Pedagogic Resource - a list of examples of various techniques found in the chorales

Major to Minor - A Collection of I-III chord progressions

Pop Music Theory - Excellent site illustrating the "classical" techniques in a pop context

 

Instrument Specific Music Theory Sites

Drums: Drum! Magazine

 

Jazz

Jazz chord  notation

 

Linguistics and Music

Speaking in Tones: Our ability of communicate is inseparable from our musical sense. 

 

Modes

Musical Modes: guide to the history of musical modes, with a lot of multimedia examples of how you can work with them

 

Music Criticism

How to Critique Music Structure

 

Music Industry

How musicians really make money, in one long graph

 

Musicology

Critical Musicology A form of musicology which applies aspects of Critical Theory (as practiced within other humanities disciplines) to music

Historical Texts on Music from the 14th-17th centuries (in English)

Historical Texts on Music from the 3rd-17th centuries (in Latin)

The Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris (Renaissance music theorist)

 

Orchestration

The Orchestra: A User's Manual [Provided by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank, London UK]

 

Organisations

CASS GB: The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain

EPTA: The European Piano Teachers' Association (and UK branch)

 

Phrases

Everything you ever wanted to know about phrases

 

Psychology of Music

Harmony: Nurture not Nature

Are classical music competitions judged on looks?

Music and concentration

 

Tests

 

Music Techonology

Synthesisers which compose according to the rules of harmony

 

 

World Music

British Folk Music Theory

Chinese Music Theory

Bridging Arabic & Western Music

 

 


 

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