Online resources for music theory at schools and universities
This list of online music theory and analysis resources is provided by the Society for Music Analysis and is freely editable by any user of this site. We very warmly invite school music teachers to make use of this list, and to add any resources that they find particularly helpful.
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Online resources listing
- Appalachian State University. Music Theory Pedagogy online (peer tutoring). https://jmtp.appstate.edu/peer-tutoring
- Four Score and More. Working in Harmony app. ‘Get instant feedback on your Roman numeral analysis'. https://fourscoreandmore.org/apps/working-in-harmony/
- Future Learn. Short courses run by e.g. ABRSM, Sheffield, Trinity Laban, Goldsmiths, The Open University. https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/creative-arts-and-mediacourses/music
- Open Music Theory. Online music theory ‘book’ with extensive content. Worksheets available. Share resources once signed up. https://viva.pressbooks.pub/openmusictheory/front-matter/introduction/
- Seth Monahan. YouTube videos on the basics of classical harmony and counterpoint. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6X9nEsddMpYNyxr3ZckjLg
- Society for Music Theory. Extensive resources for Online Music Theory Teaching. https://hcommons.org/docs/resources-for-online-music-theoryteaching/
- BBC Bitesize. Music theory and resources for all levels. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z9xhfg8
- BBC Ten Pieces. Classical music for 7 to 14-year olds. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ten-pieces
- Classic FM Classic 100. Recordings and learning activities created by ABRSM. https://www.classicfm.com/classical-100/
- Little Kids Rock. (US) Free resources for educators and learners. https://www.littlekidsrock.org/free/
- Music Teacher. Sign-up required, includes theory resources, songs, and how to write a musical analysis. https://www.music-teacher-resources.com/
- Theta Music Trainer. Ear-training and theory resource. https://trainer.thetamusic.com/
- Teoria. Music theory and ear-training resource. https://www.teoria.com/
- Can Do Music. ISM, Music Mark & MTA campaign – resource sharing, must be free. www.CanDoMusic.org
- Charanga. Music teaching and learning platform, includes resources. https://charanga.com/site/
- Lynda.com. Music theory, initially free, video tutorials e.g. learning notation. https://www.lynda.com/Music-Theorytraining-tutorials/7676-0.html
- Musical Futures. Not-for-profit organisation supporting music education and educators. https://www.musicalfutures.org/
- Music Mark. Membership group, organisation advocating for quality music education for young people. https://www.musicmark.org.uk/
- Music Theory Outreach Project. Initiative of the Society for Music Theory. Currently lists many resources and their commentary on them. (See below). https://hcommons.org/docs/resourcesfor-online-music-theoryteaching/#comment-42
- Sing Up. Limited company, membership group, includes song bank. https://www.singup.org/
- The Voices Foundation. Education charity working with schools, especially singing. https://www.voices.org.uk/
Music Theory Outreach Project content
See here for further information.
Open access articles, books, and textbooks
- Open Music Theory (OMT) has a very complete, if bare-bones, curriculum.
- Contemporary Musicianship has a few chapters up online that discuss extended tertian chords, chromatic harmony, modulation, and form and has also shared PDFs of their assignments.
- Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom is a complete and free online textbook by Robert Hutchinson.
- A Species Counterpoint Primer (Michael Berry): first, second, and fourth species counterpoint after Fux.
Websites with Music Theory Content
- Teoria has lessons and exercises for fundamentals, diatonic harmony, and some chromatic harmony concepts.
- Picardy has 1000+ lessons and exercises in core theory topics and is offering free educator and student accounts during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Artusi has online exercises for many theory topics and is free during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- uTheory, a web based platform for fundamentals of theory, rhythm, and ear training, with video lessons, individualized practice & proficiency testing is offering free educator licenses through July 1.
- Musition & Auralia are offering free access to their theory and ear-training software through June 30th for affected institutions.
- Theta Music Training has fundamentals exercises.
- Rap Analysis — pretty self-explanatory!
- Top 40 Theory has analysis of pop music.
- musictheory.net — good tutorials and drills on fundamentals. Also has a mobile app, Tenuto.
- Music Theory Blog and Listening to 20th- and 21st-century music: two blogs by Michael Berry. The first one has pages labeled “partwriting help”–look under “Labels” in the menu hidden on the righthand side.
- Music Theory Materials has music examples and handouts for a variety of form, fundamentals, and harmony topics.
- John Paul Ito’s Music Theory Website has materials for a variety of topics from fundamentals to 20th century. There are lots of lecture notes and assignments; the videos linked there all cover fundamentals, but if you search “John Paul Ito species counterpoint” in YouTube there are also video lectures on species 2-4 (audio isn’t great).
Websites with Ear Training Content
- The recordings that accompany Karpinski’s Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing will be available free of charge during the COVID-19 crisis. Students who already have a Norton account should login there as usual. Those without an account should create an account by registering. In either case, students may use the access code COMMUNITY for free access at this time.
- Teoria has lessons and exercises for basic ear training.
- Picardy has 600+ dictations, lessons, and exercises for ear training from fundamentals to advanced undergraduate topics and is offering free educator and student accounts during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- uTheory has scale degree/solfege based dictations, real-time rhythm reading & feedback, interval practice, and chord quality/inversion ID, and is offering free educator licenses through July 1.
- TonedEar has lessons and exercises for basic ear training.
- John Paul Ito’s Music Theory Website also has ear training resources. These are the Aural Idiom Drill, which lets students drill harmonic idioms (e.g. from Aldwell/Schachter) and instructions and worksheets for using MacGamut that help students target their weak areas more efficiently.
Videos and YouTube Channels
- Fundamentals and diatonic harmony by Seth Monahan.
- Assorted music theory topics from 12tone, from fundamentals to pop music to atonal music.
- Introductory music theory videos from Michael Berry (covers the basics up to triads and seventh chords).
- Music theory and aural skills videos by Kent Cleland; topics for typical undergraduate harmony and aural skills courses.
- Chromatic harmony and 20th-c. videos by Wes Flinn.
- A playlist of fundamentals videos by York College, CUNY.
- Post-tonal videos from Zack Bernstein, mainly consistent with Straus text.
- Fundamentals and diatonic harmony videos from Kati Meyer.
- Dictation assignments from Cynthia Gonzales will be immensely helpful for distance learning aural skills.
- Bryn Hughes has a handful of videos on integer notation, prime form, classical periods, and applied chords.
- Graduate music theory topics by Megan Lavengood, as well as undergrad set theory videos.
- Music analysis videos for diatonic harmony by Edward Klorman.
Technology tips and guides (abridged)
- Zoom music classroom quickstart guide – assumes basic working knowledge.
- Zoom for composition lessons 15-minute guide; probably adaptable for other types of one-on-one lessons.
- How to share just computer audio using Zoom.
A-Level Resources made by Teachers for Teachers and Students
- Scrolling scores with Harmonic and formal overviews of movements by Haydn, Haydn, Clara Schumann, Sammartini, Bologne, Mendelssohn - by David Coggins
University Resources made by Teachers for Teachers and Students
- MOZART Quintet K.452, 2nd Movt. Larghetto VOICE LEADING analysis - by David Coggins