When considering music lessons for your child, always ensure that the curriculum includes music theory. It’s important that children are not just learning chords, but also have a solid foundation in how music works, its language, notation, patterns and structure. Having a strong base in the theoretical aspects will allow students to learn music faster, have the ability to sight-read and improvise in their playing.
Learn Music Faster
By spending time learning music structure, students will be able to recognize common patterns and repetitions which will decrease the amount of time it takes to actually learn music. For example, when learning a new Sonata, a student can correctly assume it will follow the same structure of previously studied Sonatas. This will significantly speed up the process to learn and memorize a new piece of music.
Able to Sight Read Better
We pride ourselves on the fact that students leave our program being able to sight read music. This is an important distinction as many other music schools only teach students how to read chords. By including music theory into our teaching, students are able to speed up their sight-reading ability by developing an understanding of music structure, which allows them to predict the next measures.
Be Able to Improvise
Having a strong music theory foundation allows students to improvise music in an authentic, logical, and cohesive manner. This is especially helpful if a musician gets off track during a performance as they have the ability to improvise without the audience noticing anything is wrong. If a student decides to pursue jazz or blues, improvisation is even more important.
At Ontario Conservatory of Music, we believe in providing a complete music education to all of our students including music theory. We have developed a comprehensive curriculum and teach in accordance with the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination Grade Standards. Our conservatory graded program teaches all theoretical, technical and practical aspects of each grade.
Our no-obligation musical assessment is administered by one of our highly-trained program advisors and can help determine music aptitude, theoretical knowledge and practical skill level.