The study of music theory
can be divided into three areas:
chords are constructed and work;
relate to one another; and
form: how pieces are constructed and
Studies in each of these
helps the musician to understand the language of the composers and greatly
facilitates the students' musical communication skills.
Knowledge of music theory gives
musicians of any level greater tools with which to express their ideas.
It also aids the student to see and understand
the patterns of the notes—to see how the notes
work together to make musical sense. This greatly speeds up and
deepens the experience
of learning the music by taking it off of the page and turning it into a
natural musical expression of the student.
For the pianist who may
be considering further study in college, music theory is essential to
those studies, and will give the developing musician the tools and
vocabulary to understand the language of the great masters. From the first
lesson, students are shown how all the notes sensibly fit together,
permitting the natural analysis of even complex music.