Practical Help for your child’s Music Theory Lessons

This is a question which often came up when we had our music school. The parents would come to us with questions like

“Shouldn’t my child be doing some theory homework?”

“What other theory practice can I get my child to do?”

“What can we do to improve my child’s grades in music theory at school?”

These questions are on the mind of every parent who’s child is doing music. Sometimes theory gets forgotten or put “on the back burner” by the teachers, who understandably have a great deal to cover in their lessons.

Theory is something that should be able to do be done at home – its something that with the right music theory materials and just a little bit of guidance from the teacher then should be simple for the child to learn by themselves.

If your child is preparing for a theory exam (which is a great thing to be doing!) then they’ll definitely need as much practice as possible! Don’t let them say..”I’ve done enough worksheets and practice” as one thing they definitely always need is more practice!

At the Fun Music Company we’ve been working hard at a new product which we have just released, called Printable Music Theory Books, which is a set of Music Theory Worksheets which cover all the bases when it comes to music theory.

We’ve designed it around the major examination systems around the world, structuring it into grades so that each level effectively covers the material in each grade.

It doesn’t matter if your child is going to do theory exams or not – if they are able and competent to go through our materials then you’ll know what level they are up to.

It’s brand new – and only just been released – so go right now and check out our brand new Printable Music Theory Books for parents who want to help their children learn music theory.

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3 thoughts on “Practical Help for your child’s Music Theory Lessons”

  1. My wife and I live and teach in a lovely area of the North Pennines which couldn’t be described as cosmopolitan but nevertheless has its challenges. Many of the families who have brought along their children for music lessons (over the last 20 years or so) are either hill farmers or other professional families and they often bring 2 or 3 of their children along at once so they can go off somewhere to do a bit of shopping. As we only have one small room (as examiners will testify) and no waiting area it can be a problem keeping the siblings that are waiting for their one to one lesson amused. Crayons, books and paper don’t always seem to do the trick anymore with modern children and because they are sat at my computer desk anyway (and as young people today seem to live, eat and breathe modern technology) I began to allow them access to free music games and puzzles I had downloaded from the web. I could now teach in relative peace.

    I was building websites as a hobby and I had also started producing my own simple music quizzes on the computer as there never seemed to be enough time in a 30 minute lesson to cover much theory. I began using my websites in conjunction with assigning theory homework and also so that youngsters could upload their performances, compositions and vocal recordings. This proved a roaring success and everyone seems to love this facility. My theory site (up to grade 5) acts as a supplement to the exam handbooks because of the way it is structured, but the inclusion of aural training, flash-cards, knowledge of the orchestra, composers, memory aids, music glossary, print-outs, quizzes and puzzles of course, helps to broaden the learning spectrum a bit more and their are many links to sites giving more specialised information. Incidently, I have produced a downloadable version of the whole thing which can be used offline in a stand-alone program (there is a small fee for this though). It is called the One-2-Five music theory E-tutor. I hope some of you may like to try it out for yourselves.

    I have also written an e-book called ‘The Piano Teacher – a brief survival guide for the beginner’ which contains all the tips, tricks and invaluable information I have painstakingly gleaned over more than 30 years of teaching. This information should prove very useful for the newly qualified or more experienced music teacher.
    LCM printed this article in the ‘Forte’ magazine a couple of years ago and the feedback we received was very encouraging.

  2. Thanks for the post. Teaching and learning music should never be ordinary, traditional, dull and boring. Both should be a fun-filled and rewarding experience; therefore, all the possible ways, tools and methods shall be taken into considerations by any music teachers. If you want to learn more music teaching tips and resources, please follow the links!

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