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Resources for Online Music Theory Teaching

Many of our institutions are moving classes online temporarily or for the rest of the semester. The resources below are intended to serve as references for all theory instructors preparing to move online.

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Open access articles, books, and textbooks


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
  • — good tutorials and drills on fundamentals. Also has a mobile app, Tenuto.
  • – Collection of interactive music theory references and tools.
  • 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 right-hand 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


Technology tips and guides

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Discussion (1)

  1. Joon Park says:

    Voicemeeter is an excellent tool for Windows PC users if you want to record your voice together with the audio coming from your PC. Its user manual provides a simple guide for setup. 

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