What is Music Theory?
In essence, music theory is the universal language of music which explains how a composer has constructed a piece. The study of music involves the investigation of the compositional techniques and devices which informs musicians how to perform the music expressively and as it was intended.
As music continues to evolve, new musical concepts and naming conventions may be introduced. However, there are a diversity of fundamental music conventions that remain unchanged over time. It is vital that young musicians understand these conventions in order to read and play the notated music. At an introductory level, this requires an understanding of different pitch classes, rhythm, melody, harmony, key signatures and time signatures.
Imagine that it is your dream to become the best surgeon or barrister in Sydney. As much as you enjoy watching Youtube videos, TED Talks or other documentaries to observe the practical elements of either performing a surgery or presenting an argument in court, none of these would prepare you to undertake a surgery or act as counsel in a legal matter. This is because it is very unlikely that you understand the strict medical procedures or medical knowledge to even undertake a procedure. Similarly, it is very unlikely that you are aware of the legal precedent that should be presented in court. Without this knowledge, it may be very difficult to reach your dream of becoming the best surgeon or barrister in Sydney.
This approach is similarly applied to musicians. Particularly, those young musicians that may start to learn how to play an instrument, but then decide to stop simply because they don’t understand how to read the notated music they are directed to play and how it relates to their particular instrument.
At TrebleMakers, we combine traditional music theory with learning sight-reading, sight-singing, aural and rhythm skills. We provide a nurturing environment that encourages children to build their confidence and develop their musical, communication and cognitive skills. This will improve their ongoing commitment and dedication to learn and achieve.