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Theory Websites

Sites offering music theory, both specific and general, are listed here. Music theory is "a branch of study that includes many different methods for analyzing, classifying, and composing music and the elements of music." (You will find a good writeup of music theory at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_theory ) Music Theory is not Musicology. Musicology seeks answers questions for Who, What, Where, When and Why questions. Music Theory seeks answers for How.
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Good Ear

Online ear training site.
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Teoria

Includes software, books, exercises, and links.
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Star Theory

Free preparatory syllabus in music theory and orchestration.
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Bimodalism

A contemporary alternative to atonal styles of composition.
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Harmony.org.uk

By Tom Sutcliffe. Aims to help students of music theory understand the role of chord progressions in musical structures. Site includes animated demos.
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Technical Committee on Musical Acoustics

A group within the Acoustical Society of America, that concerns itself with the application of science and technology to the field of music. Contains members, a list of papers, acousticians and links.
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SchenkerGuide

An introduction to Schenkerian analysis for undergraduate music students. Includes background, working method, glossary and bibliography.
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Dolmetsch: Music Theory & History Online

Offers a musical dictionary, recorder lessons, instrument information and a composers listing.
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Auto-Transposer

Transposes all twelve major keys of chord progressions.
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Dynamic Spectrograms of Music

Provides a type of spectrogram suitable for understanding the structure of music.
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Pattern Thinking in Music

Offers visual aid to recognizing musical patterns occurring in melody, harmony and rhythm. Provides online demonstration; requires download.
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The Ancient Musical Modes

Ideas regarding the "classical modes" described by Plato and Aristotle.
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What is Music - Solving a Scientific Mystery

Provide information on the book by Philip Dorrell which explains a new scientific theory about music: the super-stimulus theory.
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Music Theory Instruction

Online instruction for all musicians beginner or advanced. Covers scales, chordal theory, progression theory, modes and foreign scales.
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eMusicTheory.com

Java applets designed to help students of music improve their basic music reading skills.
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Simplified Music Chord Theory

Explains scales and building chords from them.
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Music Acoustics

The science of music. Explanations of how musical instruments work via waves and frequency modulation.
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Analysis of Masterpieces

Analysis of full-music 20th Century atonal pieces.
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The Music Theory Minute

Online music theory tutorials for beginning students.
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Fugue Treatises, Analyses and Tools

Bibliography of fugue analysis research, writings and analysis.
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A-Natural Atonality

Claims that atonality is unnatural while tonality is acoustically and historically natural.
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Modes and Scales in Indian Music

A historical look at concepts of Indian scales and modes comparing North and South Indian approaches.
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VCU Music Theory Resources

Music theory and ear training resources from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Music Worksheets

Downloadable worksheets for elementary and middle school students.
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Music Theory Help Site

Intermediate music theory help covering basics through beginning formal analysis and counterpoint.
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Sight-Reading Rhythmic Patterns

Rhythmic exercises with accompanying MIDI files.
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The Tonal Centre

Interactive site for music composers and theorists which explains and demonstrates some of the key concepts of tonality; including chords, scales, cadences, and modulation.
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Music Theory Society of New York State

Provides a forum for the exchange of information and to promote music theory as a scholarly and pedagogical discipline. Site also contains membership and scholarship information as well as open calls for papers.
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Music Theory

A guide to music theory that including chords, scales, music notation and other music theory topics. Has weblog format; includes links as well.
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Interactive Circle of Fifths

A free music theory tool designed to help musicians interpret chord progressions, easily transpose music to a different key, compose new music, and understand key signatures, scales, and modes.

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