Welcome to the University of Miami Music Theory Fundamentals Certificate Course

This course offers an introduction to music theory fundamentals. The goal of this course is to build your musical confidence and competence by introducing principal elements of music in an accessible manner, such as visualizations and colorful verbal examples to complement various learning styles. This course will lay the groundwork for your present and future musical education.

*Note: You will have one year from your date of purchase to complete the course. At the conclusion of this course, you will receive a digital certificate of completion. 

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Quick Facts About the Course

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  • Career Outlook

    This course prepares students for college-level music theory, serves as an introduction to those interested in majoring or minoring in music, and offers foundational learning to students who want to expand their understanding of music theory.

  • What Will I Learn?

    This course includes eight lessons that cover a variety of music theory fundamentals. To successfully complete the course, you will engage with content, complete activities, practice with self-assessments, and complete two exams scoring 80% or above. Topics covered in this course include the fundamental  building blocks of music, such as:

    • Staves
    • Clefs
    • Note names
    • Intervals
    • Scales
    • Major and minor key signatures

    We will then delve into essential elements of creating and composing music.

    • Triads and seventh chords
    • Meter
    • Rhythm 
    • Harmonic progressions

  • Course Faculty

    This course is led by renowned music theory expert Dr. Raina Murnak. Dr. Murnak is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Voice and Performance Artistry and the Director of Contemporary Music Theory at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, where she has been teaching since 2003.

  • How Long is the Course?

    This course is 100% self-paced and can be completed on your own time. You have one year from the date of purchase to finish the course requirements and receive your completion certificate.

  • Course Format and Location

    This course is 100% online and asynchronous through the University of Miami's Thought Industry platform.

  • Tuition and Fees

    the cost of this course is $150.

  • What are the Requirements to Complete the Course?

    To earn the completion certificate, you must complete and pass all course assessments, assignments, activities, and exams.

  • Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites.

  • Have Questions?

    Call 305-284-4000 or opa@miami.edu for more information. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a telephone or video meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.

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