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 A Sharp School of Music
The Royal York Plaza
1500 Royal York Road
Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 3B6
Tel: 416-614-PLAY (7529) or
416-614-SING (7464)
Toll Free:  1-844-274-2771

Music Theory Lessons for All Ages and Levels
Theory Lessons
Call now to book a free introductory Theory Lesson
Beginner Theory:

Topics include note reading; basic rhythm concepts; interval identification; triads; key signatures; major and minor scales; parallel scales; an introduction to notation and ear-training.

Intermediate Theory:

Topics include triads in major and minor keys; key transposition; seventh chords; modal and pentatonic scales; song form, periodic phrasing and cadences; secondary dominants; rhythm and ear-training.
Advanced Theory:

Topics include four-part voicing; secondary leading-tone chords; inversions; types of melody and techniques of melodic development; non-chord tones; preparation for musical analysis; rhythm and ear-training.
There are many reasons to study music theory but the top reasons are:

1.  You will be a better performer.  If you don't know much music theory and you are playing some music and you encounter a passage that has the notes C, E, and G, you would have to mentally process those three notes separately, and this will slow down your ability to perform. If a musician who knows music theory plays the same passage they would instantly recognize that the notes C, E, and G make up a C Major chord and they would play those notes more easily because it took less mental effort to understand the music. Music theory makes learning, practicing and performing much easier.

2.  You will have more options as a musician.  All musical activities will be much easier. Performing, composing, improvising, arranging, teaching music, or getting a music degree will be much easier if you know music theory.

How to study music theory:

The first thing musicians should learn about music theory is notation: the staff, clefs, note names, rhythms, rests, intervals, meter and time signatures, key signatures, and dynamics.

The next things musicians should learn are scales and chords (harmony).

The next things to learn are melody, phrases, and musical forms.

If you have you learned all of the above then you will have a firm grasp of music theory.

For more information on music theory as it pertains strictly to drums and percussion, please visit our Drum Lessons page.
Yes we offer help with Royal Conservatory of Music exams, high school music theory, or study theory just to keep your mind sharp as a tack!
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Theory Lessons Practice Tip of the Week: July 1, 2024:  
While you were practicing the hard parts of your music, you may have become tense or frustrated, or forgotten to sing or play musically or with good tone quality or technique. End your practice time by playing or singing something you like that is easy for you. Relax and "perform" it for yourself, playing with your very best technique and musicianship. During this part of your practices, develop a "repertoire" of music that you feel very comfortable and confident playing or singing. Then you'll always have something ready if people ask for a performance.