All Musicians Need These Music Theory Books

Music is a powerful thing and being able to play and make music successfully is a brilliant skill to have. However, it's hard to become a composer or songwriter without knowing at least the basics of music theory. So, if you have the ambition but struggle to make a melody or are great with lyrics but really need to master composition then we have the best music theory books to help you out. Or, if you know how to write music but want to know more then we have an excellent variety for you to explore. Here are just 5 of our best music theory books that all musicians really need in their lives...

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1. Music Theory: The Essential Guide

Julia Winterson with Paul Harris

This guide brings together all the key parts of making music, including pitch, tempo, harmony, scales and rhythm to teach you how you can become a world-class musician in no time. Learn how to make your own compositions and discover the history of music with experts Julia and Paul. Plus, if you have ABRSM Theory examinations on the horizon, you can use this book as the perfect revision tool. Make music theory easy with this thorough and comprehensive guide.

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2. Music Theory For Dummies

Michael Pilhofer

There are very few topics not covered by the For Dummies series and music theory is no exception. Even if you know nothing about music and are just starting to learn about the basics of music, this book can make music theory seem easy. Discover what the current top musical techniques are and how to both read and write music in this fascinating book.

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3. Understand Music Theory: Teach Yourself

Margaret Richer

This Teach Yourself book is filled with information, diagrams, examples and tips to help you learn all about music theory. Designed for complete beginners, this book starts with all the basic concepts you need to know, such as rhythm and pitch, and then moves onto more advanced topics to guide you seamlessly through the process of understanding music theory. Plus, the book comes with a CD of practice activities to help you really master the art of music.

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4. It's Never Too Late to Sing

Heidi Pegler

It doesn't matter how old you are or how tone-deaf you think you are, it's never too late to get into singing, as this helpful guide proves. Covering the equivalent of 2 years of singing lessons and featuring 2 CDS of various different music styles (ranging from classical to pop); this book gives you all the tools and information you need to become a singer. With tips for signing techniques and an introduction to music theory, you'll be performance-ready soon enough.

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5. The Virtuoso Teacher

Paul Harris

Although there are plenty of books out there for aspiring musicians, Paul Harris has also created a great book for music teachers to become successful virtuosos. As a teacher and musician himself, Paul knows just how hard teaching music can be so in his book he gives tips on how to overcome even the trickiest parts of teaching. From dealing with challenging students to coping with stress, this book covers every obstacle in becoming a top teacher.

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These music theory books are must-reads for all aspiring musicians but, if you still haven't quite found what you're looking for, we still have loads of options on our website.

  • ADSLK
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    By considering The Virtuoso Teacher and how a teacher might attain virtuoso status, renowned educator and writer Paul Harris delves into the core issues of being a teacher and the teaching process. A fascinating look at topics such as: self-awareness and the importance of emotional intelligence getting the best out of pupils dealing with challenging pupils asking the right questions creating a master-plan taking the stress out of learning teaching for the right reasons. This seminal book is an inspirational read for all music teachers, encouraging everyone to consider themselves in a new and uplifted light, and transform their teaching.
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    Have you always wanted to be able to sing? Then this book is for you - because it's never too late! This all-in-one tutor book covers approximately two years of singing lessons, and includes essential music theory and techical skills for beginners. The learning process is broken down into bite-sized, manangeble chunks with two CDs containing a wealth of music from classical and folk to pop and jazz to sing along to. Additional piano accompaniments to the songs are downloadable from the Faber Music website. Packed with information, teaching advice and top tips from the experts, this beginner singer's method is perfect for those keen to begin singing, but aren't sure where to start!
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    Get more out of music with this essential guide. Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, reading musical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song should go - whether you're reading someone else's music or writing your own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'll learn to read, write, and understand music with this informative guide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as you compose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, and chords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces in front of an audience. This new third edition presents the most current teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples, and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating, and performing music. Studies have shown that music training improves children's verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated with cognitive and mathematical benefits in adults. The music job market is expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory is becoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels. Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you need to get more out of music than you ever thought possible. It helps you to master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs. It helps you to understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation. It employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music. It helps to compose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice and instruments. Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, or just enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind it gives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's a mix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice - and now you can try your hand at it, with Music Theory For Dummies.
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    , this indispensable guide: introduces key musical concepts such as pitch, tempo, rhythm, harmony, scales, instruments, musical forms and structure outlines the conventions governing music notation, demonstrating their relevance to the musical language of the twenty-first century provides interesting facts and real music examples to contextualise music theory offers practical tips on how to identify intervals, make up melodies and rhythms, set words to music and much more supports all aspects of the ABRSM Theory examinations (grades 1 to 5) includes an introduction and 'theory in practice' notes by renowned educationalist Paul Harris contains quick-reference tools including an appendix, list of further repertoire examples, table of instruments, periods of music history, table of scales and modes and summary keys and time signatures.
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    Understand Music Theory offers a practical approach which uses active learning to impart knowledge. Suitable for complete beginners, and assuming no previous knowledge, each chapter includes examples, illustrations, clear explanations, tips and self-tests before moving on. It covers all the essential topics in music theory, from rhythm and pitch to intervals, major and minor scales and compound time signatures. It also goes beyond these basic concepts to more advanced theory such as harmony, tone colour and musical form, to provide a genuinely comprehensive introduction to music theory. The theoretical information is all backed up by plenty of practical exercises, and the book includes a CD with further practice activities, to really consolidate your knowledge.