What is so good
about these books?
Children can begin learning, understanding, and yes, enjoying music theory at a much younger age. Although the first grade formal study of music theory is usually age twelve, these books allow children to understand and enjoy music theory at age seven! The books can be treated as preliminary preparation before formal study of theory and musicianship grades. This two year course can also be used in classroom situations at school, or band and orchestra tutoring.
As a teacher you know that musical understanding develops more easily when music theory and practice are combined as this gives a solid foundation and balanced musical education. You also know to understand the relationship of comparative note values and beat is a hard concept for beginners, but vital to their grasp of musical structures.
This course aims to make all those technical features of notation come alive to beginner music students of all ages so that they can progress more quickly. The response, to date, of both teachers and students indicates that all who have completed the course have achieved a happy comprehension of the basics upon which to build their whole musical experience. The books incorporate ideas of effective learning and retention and provide a means of ensuring understanding rather than blind imitation of basic musical theory. This enables students to grow musically, transfer knowledge to any new musical situation, become self-sufficient in working out musical and technical problems, and gives them skills in interpreting musical compositions for themselves.
The books do indeed
stimulate and foster a love of music theory. The books bright rainbow
covers are appealing and the lessons are attractively presented, with
the layout not too busy or congested. Lessons are easy to read and understand,
and the worksheets, exercises, games and puzzles are fun to complete.
Subjects are introduced progressively and explained in an easy and clear
way. The exercises are non-threatening and simple and help students learn,
understand and achieve quickly. They contain clear explanations for ALL
instrumentalists. These are accurate musically and technically, but made
easy. Definitions provide continuity throughout the rest of the student's