Music Theory

Specifically designed to change a students mindset around theory and how ‘boring’ it is. This ‘once a term’ class is included in your term fees and is structured to the AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) Musicianship syllabus. This unique course designed by our teachers Melody and Caleb is helping to support students and their love for playing.

 
 

5 reasons why a child should learn music theory

1.Gives the ability to see the whole picture of how things work in music

You see, it's all very logical. There are certain rules to follow. Here we have dots and stems that have got some magical features! Each note can be expressed by two most important factors: pitch and rhythm. 

2. Helps children to become independent learners

3. Gives broad, versatile skills helpful in all future  professional careers, not only in music

In order to understand music theory, each student must memorise a complex set of rules and mathematically precise connections between the musical elements: intervals, subdivisions, time signatures, rhythm values, articulation, music expressions, and groupings, to name just a few. 

4. Improves their memory and imagination

Once someone knows the theory behind the music, the sky is the limit. The memorization of a particular piece of music is much easier. Young musicians can organize all the necessary informations into small chunks of data like 2, 4 or 8 bar phrases with specific elements in mind. 

It also helps them to create and compose their own pieces. All of these processes take place in one's imagination. A music film composer for instance needs to translate the emotions of a particular movie scene into sounds that will move the imagination of the viewers. 

5. Boosts cognitive skills and concentration 

As with any demanding subject, the amount of concentration required is great, to say the least. Music theory is no different. To give you an example let's take the so-called music intervals. Interval is a gap between two notes. If you imagine for instance, a piano keyboard with white and black keys - any distance between either white to white, black to black, white to black would be an interval. The space between one white and closest black key is the smallest possible gap in western music, called a semitone/half tone. There are 8 basic intervals to memorise. Each has a specific type like major, minor or perfect. The story continues and it's just the begining.

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It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.

Johann Sebastian Bach