“It is our great success as music teachers to create independent musicians. Such independence can only come from understanding and, with understanding, music is not only played and heard but truly enjoyed”.
Each year in the UK, approximately 21,000 candidates set the ABRSM Grade 5 theory examination of which approximately 3,000 candidates fail. ABRSM statistics reveal that in 2013, 15.5% of Grade 5 Theory candidates failed and 10.4% passed with distinction.
Unlike other methods of learning theory where students read the explanation of music from text, either in a book or on an online screen, learngrade5theory.comuses ‘embodied’ learning which research has shown leads to greater retention and better learning outcomes. ‘Embodied’ teaching has two main components. Firstly, it is collaborative – it involves a real teacher – and, secondly, it is multi modal – aural, visual and kinaesthetic. My website comes as close to being in a one to one lesson with a teacher as is possible online.
Underlying the teaching is the premise that music theory is most effectively understood when students connect their understanding, through sight, sound and touch, to their own music – the music they compose, play and listen to.
The website is designed for all music students and teachers whatever their instrument. The lessons are given at the piano because the piano shows more clearly than any other instrument the way music is organised.
Whilst the notes on the piano are played and heard the notation is displayed and highlighted. Students can relate theory practically and aurally. As learning through learngrade5heory.com is simultaneously aural, kinaesthetic and visual, music learning becomes “embodied”.
Given what I believe, I am sorry there isn’t an audio/visual version of this.