Basic Music Theory

by Larry Konecky
Alcorn State University

The following pages provide brief instruction and exercises to aid prospective students in learning basic music theory. Being able to read music is a prerequisite for advancement in the music curriculum at the college level. If you do not have any formal training in music it is recommended that you get the help of your band director, choir director, or other music educator in learning the basics of reading music and understanding music theory.

1. Terms
2. Pitch Notation
            Pitch Identification (Elementary)
            Pitch Identification
3. Sharps and Flats
4. Major Scales
            Notating Major Scales
            Pitch ID (Aural-Major-Up)
            Pitch ID (Aural-Major-Down)
5. Minor Scales
            Notating Minor Scales
            Pitch ID (Aural-Minor-Up)
            Pitch ID (Aural-Minor-Dn)
            Aural Scale Identification
6. Key Signatures
            Elementary Key Signature ID
            Key Signature Identification
7. Note Durations
            Note Duration Equivalence
8. Dotted Notes
            Note Duration Equivalence (Dots)
9. Ties
10. Time Signatures
11. Rest Durations
12. Rhythm Examples
            Rhythm Identification 3/4 Time
            Rhythm Identification 4/4 Time
            Rhythm Identification 6/8 Time
            Rhythm Identification 9/8 Time
13. Melody Examples 1
            Melody Identification (Diatonic)
            Melody Identification 1
            Melody Identification 2
14. Melody Examples 2


The following pages give an introduction to some of the concepts which will be covered in the freshman level music theory course at Alcorn State University.

1. Intervals
        Interval ID (Visual)
        Interval Spell
        Interval ID (Aural)
2. Triads
        Triad ID (Visual)
        Triad Spell
        Triad ID (Aural)
3. Seventh Chords
        Seventh Chord ID (Visual)
        Seventh Spell
        Seventh Chord ID (Aural)
4. Contemporary Chord Notation
5. Roman Numeral Analysis
        Roman Numeral ID
6. Chord Progressions
        Aural Progression ID 1
        Aural Progression ID 2
7. Triad Inversions
        Aural Progression ID 3
        Aural Progression ID 4
8. Seventh Chords
        Aural Progression ID 5
Comments and suggestions concerning the above pages should be directed to: Larry Konecky.