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Grade 6-12

Music Theory for Dummies: What is Music Theory?

by Lydia B. | Music

4 Lessons 55:27
  1. 1. Introduction: What Is Music Theory? 4:21
  2. 2. Basic Elements 23:33
  3. 3. Element Interaction 17:37
  4. 4. Further Instructions 9:56

Grade 6-12



Understanding music theory opens up the world of Music and Arts. It teaches us a whole new language that allows us to interact with other musicians on an international level. It also increases our skills in musical literacy and instrument playing. This course shows you the basic elements of music theory including writing on a staff, notes and note values, and keys and key signatures. Overall, it answers the question: what is music theory?


  • Composition
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Notes
  • Piano


I first began tutoring in piano and music theory during my high school years in Italy, and continued to do so when I went to the UK for my undergraduate degree. Knowing music is like knowing another language, and I am pleased to have been able to pass on this knowledge to other young people. Since moving to New York, I have been an active volunteer composer with the 52nd Street Project. I find it so rewarding to collaborate creatively with these students, and to help their imaginations grow and thrive. I truly want my students to feel that they sky is the limit for their creative pursuits, and that they don’t feel held back by any gaps in their artistic knowledge. An arts education should be accessible to everyone, and I’m so grateful to Gooroo for the opportunity to reach more students.

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