Music Theory

… the language of music

Music is like a mystery that we are trying to solve…and music theory is an important key that will reveal its secrets…if you dare to try!

Understanding Whole Steps & Half Steps is just the beginning…

Next, you can learn about Scales, in all their wonderful variety and color.

Learn how to identify and play Intervals too. Intervals are some of the most important things you can learn about in music, understanding them will unlock some of the deepest mysteries in the musical world!

Chords are fantastic — they are made up of stacked intervals, and using them properly gives a musician great power to understand how complicated things related to each other in the music world. Go chords!

Key Signatures are a part of the language of music too. They are closely related to scales, so starting with scales is a good first step to understanding key signatures.

A friendly note:

You will notice that some of the basics of music theory are not covered here. That is because we will work on these in lesson and at you will practice them in school orchestra. Specifically, note names, rhythm values, accidental notation (flats, sharps, etc.), and reading music notation in general.

This page is for students to use in reviewing theory that we have talked about in lesson. Learning music theory from a webpage or computer program is a dodgy enterprise, it is best to learn it firsthand from your teacher.

If you find something here that you do not understand, bring it to lesson, it will be way more fun to learn it there, and I can help with any questions you will have right away.

“Ah, music...a magic beyond all that we do here!” —Albus Dumbledore