The site provides textual/visual descriptions of important fundamental theory concepts.
Type of Material:
Lecture-style visual/text presentation.
Site would be useful in supplementing definitions of basic theory terms. The presentation on intervals included an engaging song for teaching common intervals.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The very basics of music theory are explained and most often presented with musical notation. The material in not necessarily a progression of content but can be used well as a reference for review.
Target Student Population:
High School students, Adult beginners, and college students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The material is generally very basic but does expand into areas where some theory background would be advantageous.
The presentation on intervals included an engaging song for teaching common intervals. The background information is engaging and provides a nice supplement to any theory text.
The site deals only with the most basic theory terms. Some concepts are incomplete (example - scales) and higher level definitions are quite vague (example - chord = set of notes which sound satisfactory together).
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The author has collected some nice graphic examples and helpful background information.
The organization of the site is not very clear. Layers of hyperlinks make it difficult to remember where one is in the overall sequence of material.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Overall, the site is easy to navigate.
There are times that a student might wonder where they are and how to get back a couple pages. Backing up is not always obvious.
Audio examples for most key concepts are lacking.
Other Issues and Comments:
A useful site with a couple of hidden gems (example--the interval song), but lacking of audio examples. There is good depth to the material presented, but the site is limited to only a few concepts (notation, rhythm, intervals).
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