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Learning Music Theory

Learning Music Theory - Basic Music Theory Online Lessons

Learning Music Theory is a free resource for people to learn music theory.

Currently we can help you learn, for free, basic music theory – grades 1 and 2.

The grades are based on the exams offered by Trinity and ABRSM (who also offer grade 1 to 8). These grades offer a good learning path and give milestones for you while you’re learning musict theory.

Consequently, all our lessons are tailored for people who intend to sit Trinity or ABRSM music theory grades, however, it is also ideal for people learning music theory outside of the grades.

The site is still in it’s early days of creation. Currently lessons on grade 1 and 2 music theory are available online, alongside worksheets for the majority of the lessons.

If you’re new to this site you might be best off checking the Grade 1 or Grade 2 overview page, or if you have already done some music theory, check out the summaries of grade 1 and grade 2.

Alternatively just navigate to the lesson you want!


So What is Music Theory?

Music theory is, quite simply, the study of music. It a method of understanding musical language and how music is constructed.

Music theory starts off learning what different note time values are called, what different symbols mean etc. while advanced music theory would go into advanced levels of harmony, counterpoint and form, which would explore some of the most sophistacted aspects of music.

With basic music theory, learning starts off being highly academic, however as more advanced music theory is explored there is more opportunities to compose and write music.


What is basic music theory?

So far, basic music theory has been discussed seperately to advanced music theory.

The idea of basic music theory is something which isn’t set in stone, however here the term basic music theory is used to describe learning the syllabus requirements of Trinity or ABRSM music theory grades 1-5. Grade 6 is then when music theory starts to get more advanced, with anything above grade 8 then being advanced music theory. These categories are ones described here just for the sake of simplicity.

When learning basic music theory (ABRSM music theory grade 1 – 5), much of what you learn is essential for understanding later more advanced music theory, and is pivotal in constructing different different pieces of music.

We will therefore focus on teaching you basic music theory, and will continually be updated to offer lessons and free worksheets/exercises that will help you get to more advanced music theory or pass ABRSM music theory grades.


Why Learn Music Theory?

So why learn music theory?

As above, music theory is the basic building blocks of music you hear. Every piece of music you hear or play, whether classical, jazz or pop, all has it’s basis in music theory.

Learning music theory will eventually give you the tools and knowledge to write your own music, possibly even equal to that of the great composers!

But that’s not all, learning music theory can also give you a far more in-depth understanding of music other people have wrote. This allows you to play their music whilst understanding why their music sounds how it does, and what they did to make it sound that way, which will improve your playing dramatically!