Recommended Courses

Interested in expanding your musical education for free? There are now hundreds of free online courses available, including MOOCs, iTunesU materials and self-paced courses. Some courses have assessments which can earn you a certificate. Scheduled courses had at least one upcoming session at the time of adding, but not all of them are repeated regularly. I have tried to grade the courses too, on a scale from ♦ (Beginner) to ♦ ♦ ♦ (Advanced). Click on the topics below to see what is available.Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail


Elementary Music Theory

An Introduction to Music Theory (OpenLearn) – This unit provides an introduction to music theory pitched at a level equivalent to Grades 1-3 of the ABRSM exams. (Self-Study, Unassessed, 1 Unit) Level: ♦

Fundamentals of Music Theory (Coursera) – This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyse, and listen informedly. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 5 weeks) Level: ♦

Introduction to Music Theory (ALISON) – Introduction to Music Theory introduces the basic concepts and terms needed to discuss melody and harmony. (Self-Study, Unassessed, 1 Unit) Level: ♦

Aural and Musicianship Skills

Develop Your Musicianship (Coursera) – Learn the basic concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 6 weeks) Level: ♦


Songwriting (Coursera) – Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 6 weeks) Level: ♦ ♦

Write Like Mozart (Coursera) – This course introduces students to strategies for style writing of common practice European art music. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 6 weeks) Level: ♦ ♦ ♦

Score Analysis, Appreciation & Music History

Jazz Appreciation (edX) – Listen and learn about the artists, eras, and musical methods that make jazz a great original art form. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 10 weeks) Level: ♦

Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas (Coursera) – A series of lectures on one of the greatest bodies of music ever composed, from the point of view of a performer.  (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 5 weeks) Level: ♦ ♦

Voice-leading Analysis (OpenLearn) – Three units which teach ‘voice-leading’ or ‘Schenkerian’ analysis, perhaps the most widely-used and discussed method of analysing tonal music. (Self-study, Unassessed, 3 Units) Level: ♦ ♦ 

World Music

World Music (Open2Study) – Discover a world of music exploring your community or family to learn how music represents cultural identity. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 4 weeks) Level: ♦ ♦

Music Technology

Introduction to Music Production (Coursera) – Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer. (Scheduled Course, Assessed, 5 weeks) Level: ♦ ♦