Graham Lloyd
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Mastering the Foundations of Music benefits:

  • A music theory package that covers all the basics of music in a logical, step by step series of videos
  • Learn and absorb the information at a time that suits you
  • Completely looks after your music theory requirements
  • Wouldn’t you just love to say: “I have Mastered the Foundations of Music”?

There are no other music theory courses as unique as the Graham Lloyd Music Mastering the Foundations of Music package.

The Mastering the Foundation of Music package includes 20 lessons that can be delivered in either 22 or 49 weeks, depending on how quickly you wish to complete the course. It’s the easiest, and most thorough, Music Theory Training method available.

Both delivery choices are designed to give you enough time between each lesson to absorb the content. We wholeheartedly believe learning at a measured and consistent pace guarantees maximum retention of the material. In short, we’ve designed the delivery of the course to maximize the benefits to you.


  • 20 weekly lessons
  • Duration: 22 weeks
  • Perfect for completing at a faster pace



  • 20 fortnightly lessons
  • Duration: 49 weeks
  • Perfect for completing at a relaxed pace


Mastering the Foundations of Music – Lessons Overview

Lesson 1

Introduction to and Overview of the Mastering the Foundations of Music Video Package; Aural Acuity; Absorption Time; The Five Elements of Music.

Lesson 2

Music notation; The British and American note naming systems; Note shapes and how to write them including ‘tailed’ notes; Stems including stem length and direction; Beaming; Ties; Dots; Double dots.

Lesson 3

The pitch of musical sounds; the musical alphabet; the ‘white notes’ on a piano; Middle C; Interval, Octave, the semitone or ½ tone; the Staff or Stave; Conjunct/Disjunct movement; the ‘Great Stave’; the Treble or G Clef; the Bass or F Clef; the Leger Line; Stem Direction.

Lesson 4

Leger Lines above and below the stave; Stem Length; More on Beaming; Some Shortcuts; Stem Direction; Stem Length and Beaming Contour; Grouping notes into 2s, 3s and 4s.

Lesson 5

Rests; Handwriting Rests; Questions/consolidation of previous lessons in preparation for upcoming lessons.

Lesson 6

Beat & Rhythm; The three basic beat patterns; Tempo; Duple Time; Triple Time; Quadruple Time; Bar/Measure; The Barline; The Final Barline; The Double Barline; Time Signature; Describing a Time Signature; Common Time Signature; Simple Time; Pulses.

Lesson 7

Breaking Beams of smaller value notes with tails; The whole bar/measure rest; Procedures regarding the 1st and 2nd, or 3rd and 4th beats in Quadruple Time; Completing bars/measures (with or without notes) correctly grouping notes/rests in Simple Time.

Lesson 8

A 2nd Approach to Understanding Simple Time Signatures; Compound Time: what it is; Compound Time Signatures.

Lesson 9

Time Signature Placement; The three qualifiers as applied to Compound Time; Simple and Compound Time: an aural difference; Grouping of Note; Rests or a combination of both in Compound Time; Beats per minute.

Lesson 10

Irregular time signatures; Asymmetric Time Signatures; Triplets; Duplets; Anacrusis; Symbols used to raise or lower notes (sharp/flat/natural/double sharp/double flat); the importance of verbally stating both the note and any accidentals that may apply to it.

Lesson 11

Enharmonic Equivalents; Scales; the tonic or key note; the Tone of Disjunction; the order of tones and semitones for a Major Scale; Major Tetrachord.

Lesson 12

Writing major scales from a ‘given’ tonic; Key Orientation; order of appearance of sharps and flats (and why); the Circle or Cycle of 5ths; Key Signatures.

Lesson 13

A brief overview of Modes; the A Natural Minor Scale; the A Harmonic Minor Scale; the A Melodic Minor Scale.

Lesson 14

Relative, or Related Major and Minor Scales; ‘Working Out’ Minor Key Signatures; Order of Tones and Semitones (1/2 tones) for Minor Scales; the Minor Tetrachord; Tonic Major/Minor.

Lesson 15

Chromatic and Diatonic Semitones; Harmonic Chromatic Major/Minor Scales; Melodic Chromatic Major/ Minor Scales; ‘Numbering systems’; ‘Sharps up/Flats down’.

Lesson 16

Intervals; the Numeric and Quality ‘Qualifiers’; Descriptors; Two Diagrams to use when ‘working out’ intervals.

Lesson 17

Technique when working with intervals where the lowest note is not a recognisable tonic; Inverting Intervals; Compound Intervals; Inverting Compound Intervals; Diatonic/Chromatic Intervals.

Lesson 18

Concords and Discords; Perfect and Imperfect Concords; Transposition.

Lesson 19

Transposing from a Treble stave into a Bass stave; the C clef; drawing a C Clef; Alto/Tenor Clefs; Short and Open Scores; Transposing Instruments; Stem Direction & Ties.

Lesson 20

Italian Terms; Volume Indications; Crescendo/Decrescendo; Hairpins; Tempo indications; The Metronome; ‘Beats Per Minute’; Articulations; General Signs (pause, repeats); Ornaments.