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The Music Theory Course: An innovative & self paced method of learning .

Experience learning music theory in a new way : online, at home, at your own pace.

12 Courses: each course contains a minimum of 5 videos, each 5-12 minutes in length, and 1-5 worksheets per video.

The 12 levels of the music theory course follows the grades 1-12 curriculum set by the TMTA syllabus.

This course works for students studying individually, students preparing for state theory examinations, and teachers wanting to implement a flipped classroom music theory concept in their private lessons.

Taught by Dr. Kathy Rabago, studio owner & university professor.

I created the music theory courses following the ‘flipped classroom’ model – students learn the music theory concepts at home, reinforce the concepts through worksheets, and return to their private lessons with an increased knowledge of music theory.  The courses also work for students studying music theory independently.


Music Theory Levels


videos per level


worksheets per level

Included in each course

Video Instruction

A minimum of 5 video lessons are included in each course.


Each lessons in each level contains downloadable worksheets for students to practice theory concepts learned.

Exam Based Curriculum

Each level follows the TMTA state theory curriculum.

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Music Theory – the nuts and bolts of music.  YOU and YOUR STUDENTS can unlock the secrets to music theory.

The music theory course presents all of the music theory concepts in a clear and sequential way.

Preparing for a Music Theory Examination or just wanted to expand your musical knowledge?  Sign up below to sample one of the lessons + worksheets.  

Course Curriculum

What will you be learning?

Level 1

  • Lesson 1
    • The Musical Alphabet.  Learn about the 7 letters that make up the musical alphabet.
    • The Piano Keyboard.  Name the keys of the piano keyboard according to the musical alphabet.
    • The Staff; Treble & Bass Clef.  Learn about the parts of the staff, including the treble clef & bass clef.
  • Lesson 2
    •  Notes on the Treble Clef Staff.  Learn how the read all of the notes on the treble clef staff.
    • Notes on the Bass Clef Staff:  Learn how to read all of the notes on the bass clef staff.
    • Notes on the Grand Staff.  Learn how to read all of the notes on the grand staff.
  • Lesson 3
    • Parts of notes {the head and stem}.  Learn about the parts of a note, and how to draw notes
    • Bar lines and Measures.  Learn all about bar lines and measures on the grand staff.
    • Rhythm.  Learn about notes and rests in the following rhythms:  quarter, half, and whole.
  • Lesson 4
    • Time Signatures.  How many beats per measure?
    • Counting.  Learn how to count notes and rests in music according to the rhythms we’ve learned so far.
    • Steps & Skips; Dynamics.  Learn about a step vs. a skip and the dynamic markings of forte and piano.
  • Lesson 5
    • High or Low?  Identify notes as high or low on the piano just by listening.
    • Up or Down?  Listen to 5 notes.  Are they moving up or down?
    • Same or Different?  Listen to 2 notes.  Are they the same or different?
    • Bonus:  Learn the finger numbers on your hands.

Level 2

  • Lesson 1
    • The Musical Alphabet.  Review the musical alphabet and see what happens when you repeat it.
    • Keyboard.  Review the musical alphabet on the piano keyboard.
    • Quarter, Half, Whole, & Dotted Half Notes.  Review the rhythms:  quarter, half, and whole notes and learn about the dotted half note.
  • Lesson 2
    • Intervals.  Learn to identify if the intervals is a second or a 3rd, and if it is ascending or descending
    • Half Steps & Whole Steps.  What is the difference?
    • Sharps & Flats.  A sharp raises a note a half step; a flat lowers a note a half step.
  • Lesson 3
    • Rhythm.  Review the following notes and rests:  quarter, half, whole, and dotted half.
    • Writing in Counts.  Learn how to write in counts in 3/4 or 4/4 time signatures.
    • Adding Bar Lines.  Can you add bar lines in 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures using the rhythm we’ve learned so far?
  • Lesson 4
    • Dynamic Signs & Repeat Sign.  Learn about mezzo forte and mezzo piano and the repeat sign
    • Review of Notes on the Staff.  Identify the notes on the staff.  Have fun spelling the words!
    • How Many Beats?  Let’s take a little quiz–can you figure out how many beats are in each of these measures?
  • Lesson 5
    • Up or Down?  Listen to some musical examples and determine if the notes are moving up or down.
    • Same or Different?  Listen to a measure that I’m playing.  Is it the same as the one on your screen, or different?
    • Find the Missing Note.  I’ll play 3 notes for you.  You can see the first 2 notes.  Can you identify the 3rd note?

Level 3

  • Lesson 1
    • The Musical Alphabet.  Review the musical alphabet both ascending and descending
    • Staff/Note Identification.  Draw and identify notes in both the treble clef staff and bass clef staff.
    • Notation.  Review and draw quarter, half, dotted half, and whole notes and rests.
  • Lesson 2
    • Intervals.  Learn about a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th
    • Whole Step & Half Step Review.  Can you identify whole and half steps on the piano keyboard?
    • Rhythm & Time Signatures.  Learn to write in counts, draw bar lines, and identify the correct time signature.
  • Lesson 3
    • Scales. Learn about the 8 notes in a major scale, and the pattern of whole steps and half steps.  Learn about the tonic, or keynote.
    • C Major Scale.  Take what you know about scales and build a C Major scale.  Mark the half steps with slurs.
    • G and F Scale.  Take what you know about scales and build G and F Major scales.  Mark the half steps with slurs.
  • Lesson 4
    • Key Signatures of C, G, and F.  Learn about the key signatures of these 3 keys
    • Slur, Tie, Legato, and Staccato.  Learn about these four terms and how to recognize them in music.
    • Natural & Term Review.  Learn about the natural sign and review the following terms:  treble clef, bass clef, brace, bar line, double bar line, flat, sharp, piano, forte, key signature, and time signature.
  • Lesson 5
    • Rhythmic Dictation.  Listen to a two measure rhythm, and fill in the missing measure
    • Identify the missing note.  Listen to 3 notes.  Two notes will be given to you, and you have to identify the missing 3rd note.
    • Steps or Skips? Identify if the notes you are hearing are stepping or skipping.
    • Bonus:  Learn about a 5th up and down from C.

Level 4

  • Lesson 1
    • The Staff.  Review the parts of the staff:  bass and treble clef signs, brace, bar line, and double bar line.
    • Eighth note and rest.  Learn about the eighth note and the eighth rest.
    • Notes on the Staff.  Draw and identify notes on the treble and bass clef staves.
    • Vocabulary: New & Review.  Learn and review the following terms:  slur, tie, legato, staccato, piano forte, pianissimo, fortissimo, mezzo forte, mezzo piano, tonic, natural, sharp, flat, interval, time signature.
  • Lesson 2
    • Whole & Half Steps.  Identify notes on the staff as whole steps or half steps.
    • Intervals.  Review the intervals of a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, and learn about an 8ve.
    • Major and Minor Thirds.  Learn the difference between a major and a minor third.
    • Vocabulary.  Learn about:  tempo, ritardando, crescendo, decrescendo (diminuendo), and ornament.
  • Lesson 3
    • Rhythm.  Fill in the missing note or rest in a measure.
    • Counting.  Write in counts in 3/4 or 4/4 meter.
    • Time Signatures & Bar lines.  Identify the correct time signature for each measure.  Draw in missing bar lines for a 4 measure example.
  • Lesson 4
    • Scales.  Review the scales C, G, and F Major.  Learn about the major scales of D, A, and E.  Draw slurs between the half steps.
    • Key Signature.  Learn the order of sharps.  Identify the key signatures for C, G, D, A, E, and F Major
    • Major Triad and Primary Chords.  Learn how to construct a major triad.  Learn about the primary chords in a major scale.  Learn the vocabulary:  chord, triad, tonic triad, and major triad.
  • Lesson 5
    • Rhythmic Dictation.  Listen to a musical example and fill in the missing measures.
    • Compare.  Listen.  Circle the measure that matches the one that you heard.
    • Identify & Bonus.  Identify a major triad by listening to two different triads.  Bonus:  Can you go up and down a 5th from C through 4 sharps and 4 flats?

Level 5

  • Lesson 1
    • The Staff. Review the parts of the staff:  bass and treble clef signs, brace, bar line, and double bar lines.
    • Notation.  Draw notes and rests on the treble and bass clef staff, using sharps and flat signs if directed.
    • Intervals.  Identify whole steps, half steps, and no steps (enharmonic notes).  Learn about the interval of a 6th and 7th.  Identify all intervals up to an eve on the staff.  Draw notes one octave higher or lower.  Identify major 3rds and minor 3rds on the piano keyboard.
  • Lesson 2
    • Rhythm.  Learn about the dotted quarter note, 16th note, and 16th rest.
    • Rhythm – missing note/rest; Time Signatures.  Draw a missing note or rest in measures of different meter.  Identify the correct time signature for a measure using the meters 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, and 6/4.
    • Rhythm – counting.  Write counts in rhythmic examples in 3/4, 4/4, or 5/4 meter.  Draw in missing bar lines in four measures of 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, or 6/4 meter.
  • Lesson 3
    • Scales.  Review the scales of C, G, D, A, E, and F.  Learn the scales of Bb, Eb, and Ab Major.  Draw slurs between half steps in the scales.  Learn about the tonic and dominant note of each scale.  Draw the tonic triad of each scale.
    • Order of Flats; Key Signatures.  Review the order of sharps and learn the order of flats.  Review the key signatures of C, G, D, A, E, and F Major, and learn about the key signatures + tonic triads for Bb, Eb, and Ab Major.  Draw the tonic triad in the treble clef staff and the root of the tonic triad in the bass clef staff.
    • Dominant Triads.  Learn about the dominant Triad.  Quiz!  Can you identify all of the Major key signatures?
  • Lesson 4
    • Vocabulary {new}.  Learn the following new vocabulary terms:  Ledger Lines, Chromatic Sign, Accidental, Enharmonic Spelling, Cadence, Authentic Cadence.
    • Vocabulary {new + review}.  Quiz!  Can you correctly identify the vocabulary terms?  Accidental, Andante, Cadence, Chromatic Sign, Da Capo, Dal Sego, Dominant, Enharmonic Spelling, Ledger Lines, Moderato, Motive/Motif, Pentatonic Scale, Subdominant, Syncopation.
    • Musical Example.  Look at a few musical examples.  Identify a tonic or dominant triad.  Identify slurs, ties, staccato, legato, intervals, and dynamic signs.
  • Lesson 5
    • Rhythmic Dictation.  Fill in the missing measures in 3/4 or 4/4 meter using eighth, quarter, half, dotted half, or whole notes.
    • Melodic Dictation.  Fill in the missing measures in 4/4 meter using steps or skips within a major pentascale.
    • Interval & Triad Identification; Bonus.  Listen to and identify ascending or descending Major 2nds and Perfect 5ths.  Identify the Major Triad by listening to two different triads.  Bonus:  Can you identify the notes up and down a 5th from C through all of the sharps and flats?