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An introduction to music theory


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This free course, An introduction to music theory, introduces you to the basic concepts of western music notation and music theory that you need to know before you embark on the Open University course A224 Inside music [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . It covers ground similar to that found in the syllabus of the Associated Board Theory Grades 1–3 (ABRSM, 2011).

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Common compatibility/technical issues which students have encountered when using An Introduction to Music Theory

All of the music notation examples included within An Introduction to Music Theory are provided within Sibelius’s Scorch Player. This allows you to listen to the examples whilst following the notation.

If you do not already have the Scorch plugin installed on your computer, you will be prompted to download it at the first example you use. You will need to have the Scorch plugin installed to play the music notation examples. Scorch is not currently compatible with Google Chrome or Firefox 4.

Some students have reported experiencing compatibility and technical difficulties when trying to view and use parts of An Introduction to Music Theory with Internet Explorer 9 or Google Chrome. The material works best when viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or Firefox 3.6.

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