About Music Theory Lessons
Music theory lessons help students develop a vocabulary and understanding of music applied to sound, music staff, and instrument. Students make the most progress when music lessons add a balance of ear training, music reading, and instrument study.
Music theory lessons starts with learning the vocabulary and language of music. Each element can be understood as written in music notation, on the instrument, and when heard in sound. These three ways of knowing and understanding are not easily connected because the paths of learning differ for each. The instrument is learned by demonstration and physical motion. Learning music notation requires knowledge of staff and written symbols. Ear training requires that the concepts of pitch, interval, scale, and chord be connected with sound. The results of not connecting ear training, instrument study, and music reading leave musicians with limited skills. It is easy to go down one path and lose sight of another.
Thus we have musicians that play by ear but cannot read music or those that read but cannot play by ear or improvise. Music students who combine music theory lessons with instrument study and ear training tend to make the most progress and become the most versatile musicians because these skills reinforce one another.
Learn by Eye, by Ear, by Instrument
There are as many starting points for music theory training as there are music lesson methods. Some methods start with learning notes. Others start with learning direction and interval. Some start with demonstration and student repetition on their instrument. Some start with matching pitch and playing by ear. Progress is made when these different paths cross and a connection is made between sound, performance, and concept. As students start out along one of these paths they may develop strengths in one area and a weakness in another. Music theory training fills the great need of balancing the different ways of understanding music and making the connections between them. Music theory training also builds the vocabulary needed to understand more advanced concepts of music theory.
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