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‘We must see that music theory is not only about music, but about how people process it. To understand any art, we must look below its surface into the psychological details of its creation and absorption.‘ – Marvin Minsky

Believe it or not, Music Theory is FUN (or at least at Native, we like to make it fun!). Whether you’re looking to get your grades or would just like to gain some basic knowledge to help your pitch and songwriting, this is a subject that always proves to be useful.

Together we will work through the fundamentals of Music Theory with the use of practice papers to prepare you for your graded exams. However, if exams aren’t your thing, theory will give you a greater appreciation and understanding of music & your instrument.

We are happy to help you with ABRSM theory (Grade 1-5) for theory grades & exams. The exams are conducted by ABRSM & students will need to book their examination directly with ABRSM.

Areas that we will cover in your lessons:

  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Inversions
  • Scales
  • Key Signatures
  • Accidentals: Sharps, Flats, Naturals
  • Chord progressions
  • Voice Leading Seventh Chords
  • Rhythmic dictation
  • Melodic dictation
  • Sight-singing
  • Rhythmic sight-reading
  • Recognising time-signatures
  • Definitions and Notation
  • Read and write musical notation

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