Music Theory

On this page we give you a summary of the knowledge of music theory you should have in order to be able to understand all the lessons in the compose music course. Just click on the links if you want to know more about a specific item.

You should:

  • be able to read music (understand pitch and note length),
  • be able to interpretate the Key Signature of a piece of music,
  • understand the difference between Major Scales and Minor Scales,
  • have a basic knowledge of Chords, and
  • be able to use a a piano/keyboard or guitar to play for yourself all the examples in this course.

Need some help mastering these basic skills? Just try one of these links:

For those who want to improve their piano/keyboard or guitar skills, the following sites are highly recomended


Our Compose Music course begins with an explanation of what a chord is and what Chord Alterations are, and there even is a piano chords page to help you find the right notes with the chords, and to define the chord symbols that will be used troughout the course.

If you are not realy interested in all this theoretical stuff, and just want to experience what it is to make a song without any knowledge about composition what so ever, you can have a free download of the Easy Song Builder. Just let ESB do all the tedious work for you (don’t forget to read the ESB manual).