Why are theory and musicianship skills important?

Theory and Musicianship is learning the language of music and arguably the equivalent of learning the road rules prior to driving.

Why is it important?

The completion of Grade 1 theory of music or musicianship is mandatory for young musicians that would like to receive their certificate for completion of their AMEB instrumental exam from Grade 6 and above. Further, aural, sight-reading and general knowledge are examinable components in every traditional AMEB instrumental exam from Grade 1 and above.

Many parents are not aware of these additional examinable components within instrumental exams which are outlined in the AMEB syllabus. As a music educator and teacher, it is my mission to help parents better understand what is involved in the preparation for an exam beyond both technical exercises and repertoire and emphasise that time must be allocated to develop aural, sight-reading and general knowledge skills.

These examinable components demonstrate the importance of learning these skills as part of your child’s development as a musician regardless of whether they are working towards an exam or not. Knowledge of theory and musicianship provides students with the confidence to independently learn new material by applying a logical approach to read the music and the motivation to continue their music studies long-term having received excellent results in their exams and/or faster progress in their studies.

Who should learn?

Any young musician who is interested in the world of music either with or without experience in learning a musical instrument.

What do you learn in our group classes at TrebleMakers?

  • Ability to recognise, describe and explain basic musical terms and concepts.
  • Understand musical notations; identify pitch classes (note names), duration (note values) and definite pitch of different music notes.
  • Learn how to clap indicated rhythms in time by counting beats and identifying rhythmic patterns.
  • Learn to sight-sing phrases through identification of scalic passages.
  • Understand and learn key signatures, time signatures, treble clef, bass clef and accidentals.
  • Identify different musical instruments based on the tone colour of the instrument.

When, Where and How do I start?

Commit to involvement in a small group theory & musicianship class. We are committed to offering small group theory & musicianship lesson that are educational from a practical perspective whilst also fun and collaborative.

For more information complete an enquiry form on our website and we will get back to you shortly.

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