If you want to learn music theory, you’ve come to the right place! You may be visiting because
- You love music and want to understand music better.
- You want to learn about chords and chord progressions.
- You would like to understand rhythm, or improve your rhythmic skills.
- You would like to learn to read music, or improve your music-reading skills.
- You would like to learn how to improvise.
- You’re a songwriter looking for tools to improve your craft.
What is Your Music Theory Need?
Music Theory Beginner
If you are a beginner and want to learn music theory from the ground up, visit the Music Theory Lessons table of contents and start from the top. Every lesson is free and builds upon the previous one. Don’t be intimidated! The only requirement for learning music theory here is a love for music and a desire to learn! There are plenty of examples to see and hear. If something is not clear, use the comments section to ask questions or make suggestions. A new lesson usually is posted weekly. Please subscribe if you would like to be notified when new music theory lessons are available. (We respect your privacy; your email address will never be sold or shared.)
Music Theory Topics
We cover every music theory topic from high school through university-level courses, but in a friendly, accessible way. If you are studying music theory already, please use us as a resource. Perhaps you’re a teacher looking for lesson ideas, teaching methods, or examples. Browse the main topics below to get an idea of the content that is available. There are plenty of graphics, audio examples, as well as flash slideshows demonstrating various music theory concepts:
Music Theory Resources
We have a wealth of free music theory resources, and more are being added all the time: music manuscript paper, major and minor scales, interval chart, circle-of-fifths chart. You will find all of these on the free music theory resources page.
Every harmonic progression imaginable from simple to complex is written out in every major and minor key. These are free pdf files that you can download at the Harmonic Progressions page. We are always adding new progressions, so please subscribe to be notified when new items are available.
Music Theory Articles
Notes is a collection of articles on various topics related to music theory but aren’t necessarily a part of a normal music theory curriculum. Some of them are “how-to” articles, others are more philosophically oriented. Hopefully you will find them helpful and interesting as well. If you are interested in contributing your own article, please contact me. But please keep in mind that music theory must be the primary focus of all articles. Additionally, this site is geared toward general music lovers and students. Therefore, the articles should be focused on helping one to love and understand music theory to a greater degree. Some featured articles are:
- Love Music but Hate Music Theory?
- Why You Need to Learn Traditional Harmony
- Get Out of Your Music Box!
Music Theory Text and Workbook
If you need a standard two-year university-level music theory textbook at a great price (sorry, this one’s not free!), check out Materials of Music. You can download it or order it on CD. It comes complete with exercises, a workbook with audio examples, a complete clickable index, and several extras in the appendix. The download cost is $39.95.