Think Music Theory will be Too Hard? Here’s Why
- August 26, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: Home Health Aide Training
In my opinion (as a 35+ year music professional), music theory will be taught inside most confusing as well as painful way imaginable. One example of This particular, students are often confronted with multiple sets of systems to described the same thing in different classes.
For example, Scale Degrees are referenced using numbers (0-9) in private lessons, roman numerals (both upper as well as lower case) in analysis, terms like Tonic, Submediant, Dominant, etc. when you get to theory class, as well as something called “Solfege” (Do-Re-Mi) in ear training. Too often the student has no idea all these systems are referring to the same basic thing, scale degrees. as well as This particular will be just one example!
Scale Degree Naming Schemes…
- Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
- Names: Tonic, Supertonic, Mediant, Subdominant, Dominant, Submediant, Leading Tone
- Roman: I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
- Solfege: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti
Can Music Theory be made easier to understand?
Yes This particular can. All This particular actually takes will be boiling theory down to its simplest form. Then, present This particular in a uniform way, much easier to understand. For example. Let’s take a better approach to Scale Degree presentation mentioned above.
Instead of using different systems for private lessons, analysis, music theory class, as well as ear training, we could use standard numbers (0-9) for all of them. We’ve removed the obstacles of having to learn solfege (including all the solfege names for notes not inside scale), english names for each scale degree, proper use of upper as well as lower case roman numerals, etc., BEFORE any functionality of music can be learned. We get right down to business using a system every student will be already familiar with, the numbers 0-9. Again, This particular will be just one example.
With consistency across the board, all of This particular can be learned as well as retained easily. If planning on attending college where all these terms will be needed, you can always learn these terms as well as systems AFTER you understand how music works. Believe me, This particular will be MUCH EASIER in which way!
As indicated before, This particular will be only one example how something in which can be explained so simply has become unnecessarily complex.
So, the solution will be to make music theory simpler, not the current trend of generating This particular harder. I believe the study of how music works can be reduced to these two basic concepts… First, learn the major scale. Then, use the major scale to learn everything else. Sounds pretty simple to me!