The Importance of Learning Music Theory
Here at Music Ecademy we have made it our mission to help students learn music theory. However some people may ask the question: is learning music theory necessary? How does it help? Let's have a look at some of the reasons why music theory is such an important part of music education, and see how it benefits students, other than just helping them to pass their music theory exams!
It helps you to understand music
Learning music theory helps you to understand how music works. Imagine you were giving a speech in a foreign language. Would you be able to effectively give that speech without understanding the structure and meaning of the speech and all of the words in it? What if you then had to write your own speech? It would be impossible. Music theory, like learning a language, allows us to understand the structure and form behind a piece of music.
An understanding of music theory means you will understand the language of music. You will be able to read music, understand the musical symbols and terms, and will be able to communicate with other musicians when playing in a group.
It helps you to appreciate music
Understanding music theory will help you to have a greater appreciation for music. Knowledge of the features of a composition and our understanding of them will mean we can better relate to and understand the pieces we play. You will be able to notice when a composer has done something unusual or has bent the rules, and appreciate that the composer has done something special.
It helps you to write your own music
If you have ever wanted to know how to write your own music but you are not sure how, then music theory is the answer! When you learn music theory you are learning the tools that you can use to write your own music. Music theory helps you to express your ideas, thoughts and emotions through music. It allows you to analyse the work of other composers and develop your own style.
Some people believe that the rigid aspects of music theory stunts creativity, but this is not the case at all! Musicians who know music theory can decide when to apply the rules, resulting in a much greater control and freedom. Rules and conventions can of course be broken, but if you don't know the rules in the first place then how can you break them? A knowledge of theory will help you come up with new ideas and break away from what has been done before.
It helps your performance
When you are playing an instrument and performing you need to be able to read music, memorise music, and sight read. A knowledge of music theory will make all of these things easier.
Like learning to read makes us fluent readers, learning music theory allows us to become fluent musicians able to recognise intervals, chords and phrases at a glance. If you know someone who is good at reading music and is a good sight reader, chances are they are also good at music theory.
An understanding of how the piece is constructed helps you learn and master pieces of music much faster. When you understand the underlying structure and form of a piece it will help you to memorise it and will hugely aid your performance.
It makes you a more well rounded musician
A foundation in music theory will make you a more well rounded musician, and make it possible for you to progress further and more successfully in music. It will help you to play your instrument better, and make it easier for you to pick up new instruments or play multiple instruments.
Some students find learning music theory difficult and boring, but that is why we are here to help! Music Ecademy helps students learn music theory and have fun while doing it.
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