Music Theory


Everyone has a musical instinct, picked up from their mother’s heartbeat when they were in the womb.

Theory develops this natural aptitude. From trombone to tuba, you'll play it best if you know your musical nuts and bolts!

Some pupils have an added reason to study theory: they set their sights on passing exams at grade 5 and above as entry qualifications for uni. (In 20 years, they have all gained passes, often with Distinction.) *

I offer special support to budding composers of all ages, with the chance to contribute to the Worldwide Song Project, which I direct.

         My approach to theory for children and teens is to make it fun.

Here are some of the ploys I use

Tetronimo computer game

A weirdly modified snakes & ladders

Card matching games and activities

Tub games (see right)

Bilingual stories

Tile laying games

Cut-up songs
... and the skills they teach

The notes on the stave

Musical terms

Key signatures and musical terms

Just about everything!

Musical terms

Note values

Aural skills and notation
Composer Georgia Love

Thanks to their knowledge of
music theory, these young and not-so-young musicians all understand how their instruments work and how to get the best results.

They also know how to decode all the secrets of the printed page!

If you want to know more about theory lessons you're welcome to use the form below. (For more about me please go to my home page!)

Tony D Triggs


to Lauren Boydell (top of this page), who, at the age of just 14, composed the musical The Travellers' Delight, and to Living Waters Lutheran College, Australia, for their colourful performance at the end of 2016.

The Worldwide Song Project, which is open to all my young students, gave Lauren this opportunity to develop and display her talents.
Tony D Triggs

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*  For the purpose of university entry, piano and theory grades 6-8 count as A/S and A levels.