Learning Music Theory Effectively

Which Music Theory Method?

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“Which or who’s music theory method should I use to learn music?” is one question that is asked by many students trying to learn music on their own. Actually there are a few teachers asking this same question.

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Music Theory Learning Methods

Of the available full teaching methods, most incorporate music theory as a byproduct of teaching songs, performance, and technique. Some have separate music theory books, but these are designed to only provide the necessary amount of information to work the other parts of the course materials.

The result of this approach is a poor understanding of the framework of music. Actually much of this piece meal approach to teaching music is that none of the skills are thoroughly understood.

For the most part you end up refocusing on these skills over and over and it’s a slow progress to achieve the desired results. I believe this is why many students get bored with the typical instruction methods.

Music Theory Method Lessons

Another approach is to provide specific lessons that cover enough “to get by” while the student is learning how to play the instrument. I’ve heard of a lot of teachers that use this approach of just in time knowledge to work with students.

It works for the teacher and student relationship as they progress together. Although I believe it also has a tendency to limit the student’s home practice by limiting the knowledge available at the time.

The main obstacle to this concentrated mini lesson is that the entire picture doesn’t become clear to the student for many months or years. For me, I was able to analyze and explore my music more when I had a broader base of music theory knowledge.

Music Theory Method Workbooks

I like it when I find music theory methods that use workbooks. The workbook method engages a student in a visual and physical actively, which are two of the three sensory learning conditions.

If the workbook then requires the music element to be said out loud or played on an instrument it will create the best scenario for learning music. The engagement of all three of the sensory learning systems is the key to accomplishing mastery of the music subjects.

Music Theory Workshops

Here at the Music Theory Workshop we use the workshop methodology. That is, we use several learning methods combined together to provide a better learning experience.

In implementing this music theory method, the four music learning workshops are design around proven learning methods of sensory engagement, focused and concentrated effort, start and end points, and building on previous knowledge to provide one of the best music theory methods of learning available.

By taking an approach that has start and end points in mind you look at the big picture of learning. Once you know where you’re going you take each step one at a time from start to finish.

Along the way you get visual, physical, and auditory learning of the subjects which solidifies the music theory method and concepts completely.

Continuing on you build on previous knowledge to master the subject. The neat thing about this is you can also jump from subject to subject as long as the building on previous knowledge technique is followed.

In the developing the full music theory course, the lesson plan was devised to allow you to cross between the different music elements, but keep you focused on one specific music element at a time. In this way you can discover keys, scales, and chords together, but in a boarder sense so that you get a bigger picture of basic music theory principles.

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