What is Music Theory?

Music theory examines the fundamentals of music. It provides a system, or a language, to interpret musical compositions.

Through music theory, we can better understand how music works and better appreciate it as composers and listeners.

Music Building Blocks

Music is built of 3 main elements:

1. Rhythm - the energy of music and how it spans over time.

2. Melody - a musical phrase of single notes or pitches.

3. Harmony - multiple notes played simultaneously.

Any combination of these 3 elements is what creates music: