Course 5: Music Fundamentals 1

If you find the term “music theory” a little intimidating, know this, there’s nothing to worry about. Chances are, you already intuitively know quite a bit of music theory. In Music Fundamentals I, we’ll uncover the building blocks of western music which consists of features like scales, chords, and intervals. We’ll then see how such fundamental knowledge of music theory can help you to make informed, sonically pleasing decisions for your music. Many notable hip hop producers have had some exposure to music theory. Swizz Beatz’s uncle had a recording studio, Pharrell was in his high school marching band, Nas’ father is a jazz musician. In this lesson, we scratch the surface of music fundamentals and music theory so you can cultivate your own awareness.


  • Be able to state key terms for music theory.
  • Be able to interpret and translate key words and symbols used in music theory.
  • Be able to use given equations to calculate resistance, ohms and voltage.
  • Be able to distinguish the two types of electrical currents used in the field of audio engineering.