music theory

Music Theory


Learn the underlying language of music!

  • Learn note names, scales, sharps and flats, intervals, simple & complex chords, key signatures and rhythms.
  • Not only will you learn theory, but how to use it creatively, and why it is important.
  • Master Music Theory so you can make better music faster!

You know something about how to use Ableton Live.  Perhaps you are already making some dope beats.  But when it comes time to put your fingers on the keyboard, do you feel lost, pecking out two finger bass lines at random util you stumble onto something you like?

Music Theory is specifically designed to help you learn how music works, and is ideal for anyone new to music theory.  Not only will you learn the basics, but also the fundamental theory concepts that provide deeper, and more useful understanding. And you will learn by practicing things like scales and chords. In this fast-paced two week course, you will experience over 3 hours of super-crisp, streaming HD videos. You can watch these on-demand and can access them for a full year after signing up for the course, giving you plenty of time to absorb all the content.

This course is jammed full of practical knowledge, explantations, and concise breakdowns of why things work the way they do.  And with the included supplemental exercises on practicing scales, building triads and larger chords, this material will continue to be fruitful and aid your music making skills for years to come.

An Introduction to Music Theory

What You Get

  1. Over 3 hours of in-depth, super-crisp, streaming HD video instruction training with Michael Maricle, Ableton Live Trainer, musician and recording artist.
  2. Downloadable Ableton Live Projects, PDFs and exercise videos used in the instructional material so you can easily follow along and refer back to them when it is over.
  3. Student discount pricing (20-60% off) on third-party software from our partners!

Preview Video: Triads

What You’ll Learn

We guarantee after taking this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify notes on the keyboard.
  2. Play and build scales from any note on the keyboard, including major, minor, and chromatic scales and more.
  3. Build triads, including major, minor, augmented, and diminished, as well as how to invert them.
  4. Recognize notation symbols, including notes, rhythmic values, tempo and dynamic markings.
  5. Have a complete understanding of keys and the Circle of Fifths.
  6. Have a complete understanding of rhythmic values and time signature, from the simplest to most complex.
  7. Have a complete understanding of intervals, from seconds to thirteenths.
  8. Build and invert 7th chords, 9th chords, 11th chords and many more.
  9. Play various interesting and exotic scales from around the world.
  10. Apply music theory concepts like intervals, scales and triads, to a Push controller.

Preview Video: Music Theory Concepts Using Push

About the Instructor

Warp Academy’s Michael Maricle has been teaching piano and music theory for nine years; is a recording artist and composer with over ten album releases to date;  has been playing piano since he was four; has composed music for films, commercials, and modern dance performances.

Trainer Profile: Michael Maricle

Satisfaction Guarantee

We want you to feel as excited as we are about anything you buy on this site. If you’re not 100% happy with your purchase within the first 30 days – for any reason – we’ll refund it, plain and simple.

Course Requirements

  • Access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.
  • A working copy of Ableton Live (any version) is recommended.
  • Headphones or studio monitors.
  • A MIDI keyboard controller is highly recommended.  Weighted keys is also recommended.

Additional Information

Video Episodes


Total Length

3 hours

DAW Used

Live 9 & Suite 9


Ableton Live Project Files, PDF’s, exercises

Skill Level

All skill levels

Week 1:

  • Course Overview
  • The Basics
    • Keyboard Layout
    • Key letter names
    • Octaves
    • Sharps and Flats
    • Middle C
    • Keyboard layout in an Ableton Live MIDI Clip
  • Intervals
    • Major, minor, perfect, dominant, augmented, and diminished
    • Identifying intervals using steps
    • Consonance vs. Dissonance
  • Scales
    • Major
    • Minor
    • Chromatic
    • Scale degrees
    • Practicing scales
  • Triads:
    • What is a chord?
    • Major triads
    • Minor triads
    • Inversions
    • Diminished triads
    • Augmented triads

Week 2:

  • Intro to Staff Notation
    • Grand staff & clefs
    • Lines and spaces
    • Sharps, flats, and naturals
    • Triads on a staff
    • Other notation symbols
    • Rhythmic values
    • Rests
    • Dynamics, expression, and tempo markings
  • The Circle of Fifths
    • The interval of a fifth in relation to key signatures
    • Major keys
    • Minor keys
    • Enharmonic keys
    • Learning the key signatures
  • Rhythm
    • Measures & bars
    • Time signatures
    • Note values
    • Triplets
    • Tempo and BPM
    • Dotted notes and syncopation
  • Complex Chords
    • Major and minor 7 chords
    • Dominant 7th chords
    • Diminished 7th chords
    • Even more complex chords
  • Interesting Scales and the Modes
    • The Scale MIDI Effect Device
    • Interesting scales from around the world
    • Modes
  • Push and Basic Music Theory
    • Note names
    • Scales
    • Intervals
    • Triads

Suplemental Exercises:

  • The Major Scales
  • The Minor Scales
  • Major/Minor Triads & Inversions
  • 7th Chords

What skill level is this course?

Beginner. You do not need any previous experience of Music Theory to take this course.  At the same time, if you know some music theory, this course will fill in all the gaps in your understanding.

What software do I need?

This course is taught through Ableton Live, although you can do just as well with any DAW and a controller keyboard.

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What version of Live do I need to use the course?

Any version of Ableton Live, or any DAW for that matter, can be used with this course.

What if I don’t have Live?

A demo of Live is available at, though be sure and wait until the course begins if you go this route as it will expire after 30 days.

Is this course applicable to my genre?

In a word – yes. This course is designed to teach the basics of Music Theory, and that is applicable to any and all genres of music making.

What if I don’t like the course?

We want you to be as excited about your course as we are. If for any reason you’re not 100% happy with it, we offer a no-hassle, no-BS, super easy 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Any time within the first 30 days after purchase we will refund your money.

How long can I access this course and the videos?

You have lifetime access to this course.

Can I download the videos?

No we don’t offer downloading of the videos. The videos are available as on-demand streaming HD players that you can access from a computer or virtually any mobile device.

Are there any system requirements?

Yes, a broadband internet connection and computer are required. Minimum requirements are obviously the ability to run Ableton Live, so any computer with Mac OS 10.5 & Windows XP or newer should do just fine.

Do I need a controller keyboard?

Yes. A controller keyboard is necessary to get the most out of this course. Weighted keys is even better!

2 reviews for Music Theory

  1. Andrew Dunn

    Michael’s ability to articulate a concept in a clear and concise manner made this course truly enjoyable for me. A complete novice to Music Theory, I really enjoyed levelling up my basic knowledge of the different intervals, scales and chords. – Andrew

  2. Igor Vasiliev

    If you are not english native speaker, don’t worry! At my opinion, the teacher use very simple english language, therefore you can able to understand more than 90% of this content. This basic theory give you a lot of useful information. Very recommended for beginners, it’s help you to better understand how to write your own melody. Good work! :) PS: During this course, I also was learn some funny phrases, like – Every Good Bears Deserve Fish :)))

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