Themes & Variations

As the name implies, a Theme is a musical form which is repeated over and over but has changed somewhat with each repetition. The changes may evolve around the melody, harmony, rhythm, or tones of the composition. Often the theme's..

Toccata

The word Toccata comes from the Italian 'toccare' meaning "to touch." The toccata is written for keyboard to offer keyboardists the opportunity to 'show off' their musical abilities.Originally, the form was written for organists. As the form increased in 16th...

Chords & Keys

Key Enharmonics & Diatonics   A chromatic key is described as the pitch of a tone measured in vibrations per second or the pitch range of a scale, instrument, or composition, that range being the distance from the primary keynote […]

Chromatic Intervals

Chromatic Intervals A chromatic interval is described as the number of steps between tones, a step being the distance of pitch from one tone of the scale to the next or the distance between two notes of a scale and […]

The Musical Staff

The Musical Staff & Various Clefs Reading between the lines We begin learning to read sheet music by breaking down the various attributes and notation used. I'll explain each symbol's function and common use individually with illustrated images. Let's start […]

The Clefs

The Musical Staff & Various Clefs Reading between the lines We begin learning to read sheet music by breaking down the various attributes and notation used. I'll explain each symbol's function and common use individually. Let's start by referring to […]