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Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music

Short easy video lessons and quizzes.

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Do you want to learn to read those dots and squiggles? It's easier than you think, and I'll take you through it with this series of videos designed to get you reading and playing fast!

I've been doing this for over 25 years and have helped students of all ages. Lessons are from my bestselling book Basic Muic Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music.

These videos go way beyond what's covered in the book: you'll get visual and audio examples, as well as quizzes and online material to help hone your new skills.

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Or, if you want to learn more, keep reading.


Your Instructor


Dr. Jonathan Harnum
Dr. Jonathan Harnum

Multi-instrumentalist, and author of eight music-related books, I've got over 35 years of playing and 25 years of teaching experience, including a Ph. D. in music education from Northwestern University, one of the premier schools of music, worldwide. I play trumpet, guitar, and percussion, as well as a bunch of other instruments I enjoy the heck out of but which I'd never play in public.

I write and teach and give talks and workshops on various music-related topics. My books can be found in English, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese, with more translations on the way.


Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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