Music theory is a formalised description of how music has been written in the past by its greatest practitioners. Contrary to popular assumption, music theory does not tell you how music should be written, but rather how it has been written in the past.
Music theory describes the common techniques and devices used by great composers to achieve certain musical effects. Music theory describes the building blocks of music; intervals, scales, and chords, as well as how they are used to compose musical works through harmony, counterpoint, and form.
However this is just the beginning. There is no technical aspect of music that does not fall under the domain of Music Theory. The articles in this section of the site, however, will focus on those elements of music theory that relate to harmony, counterpoint, and the building blocks of music described above.
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