Music Theory is the understanding of written music. It provides musicians and composers the tools to be able to communicate. Like a game of soccer, there are rules to music and understanding these rules helps players know what the perimeters and objectives are in a set piece. The understanding of music can also help kids develop more interest and appreciation of the world of music.
Ever wondered what the benefits of Music Theory are? Why should you set time aside for it during your lessons? Here are a few of the benefits:
- Music Theory helps students learn on their own.
- Music Theory is a great motivator for students to play more.
- Music Theory helps students learn quicker.
- Music Theory is a great foundation for students creativity.
A common myth is that music theory is boring, but it needn’t be the case! Theory books can be aimed at students as young as 3yo and involve really fun games with stickers, drawing and creativity. These kind of theory books make music lessons engaging and SO much more fun! For kids who are a bit older, the AMEB offer theory books with the option to sit an exam. Older students can use their theory to write songs, lyrics and record music on their phone or laptop!
Because music is so related to communication and the way we speak, theory helps kids develop in other areas of their life.
- Rhythm – Time keeping and playing with a band.
- Melody – Understanding the tune, or singable line in a song.
- Melody – How we support the melody with other notes.
- Dynamics – The importance of using volume.
- Expression – How we play the music, the tonality, feeling & emotion.
At Music Central we recommend 45-60min lessons to allow for teachers and students to spend a bit more time on these areas. For more information on music theory, talk to your teacher or Music Central Manager on the books, Smart Phone Aps and methods that will suit your child best.