Bachelor of Music: Music Theory

Everyday Music Listening

Ruth Herbert uses new empirical data to explore the psychological processes involved in everyday music listening scenarios, charting interactions between music, perceiver and environment in a diverse range of real-world contexts.

Making Music Special

This work provides practical ideas for early music making and more sophisticated ideas for creative improvisation. 

Jazz Improvisation Using Simple Melodic Embellishment

This book teaches fundamental concepts of jazz improvisation, highlighting the development of performance skills through embellishment techniques.

Music Theory Secrets

Music Theory Secrets is designed for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, and other instructors and professionals seeking a quick set of pointers to improve their work as performers and producers of music.

Revisiting Music Theory

This surveys the basics of music theory and explains the terms used in harmonic and formal analysis in a clear and concise manner.

Bending the Rules of Music Theory

This text seeks to take readers beyond the basics of music theory and help them to understand the inherent flexibility in the system of tonal music. 

Music Theory Through Improvisation

Presents a unique approach to basic theory and musicianship training that examines the study of traditional theory through the art of improvisation. 

Theory Essentials for Today's Musician

Theory Essentials for Today's Musician offers a review of music theory that speaks directly and engagingly to modern students.

Music Theory Essentials

Focusing on the essentials, this text provides a clear-cut guide to the key concepts of music theory.

Music Theory for Dummies

Get more out of music with this essential guide Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know.

Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale

Tuning, Timbre, Spectrum, Scale focuses on perceptions of consonance and dissonance, and how these are dependent on timbre.

A Geometry of Music

This text identifies five basic musical features that jointly contribute to the sense of tonality, and shows how these features recur throughout the history of Western music. 

Musical Creativity

This book represents a new approach to musical creativity, dealing with the semiotics, mathematical principles, and software for creativity processes. 

Music and Twentieth-Century Tonality

This book explores the web of pitch relations that generates the musical language of non-serialized twelve-tone music and supplies both the analytical materials and methods necessary for analyses of a vast proportion of the 20th century musical repertoire. 

Aural Education

This explores the practice of musical 'aural training' from historical, pedagogical, psychological, musicological, and cultural perspectives, and uses these to draw implications for its pedagogy, particularly within the context of higher music education. 

Concepts of Time in Post-War European Music

This book gives a historical and philosophical account of the discussions of the nature of time and music during the mid-twentieth century. 

Example Article (academic)

Rehding, A. (2022). Fine-tuning a global history of music theory: Divergences, Zhu Zaiyu, and music-theoretical instruments, Music Theory Spectrum, 44(2), 260–275.


Example Article (web)

Wildridge, J. (2019, September 11). Music composition vs music theory (difference between music composition and music theory). CMUSE.

Web Resources

Streaming Videos

A selection of streaming videos on music theory available through Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, and LinkedIn Learning video databases.

7 super common chord progressions and why they work (David Bennett Piano)