It goes without saying that knowledge is power and knowledge of theory will build a stronger foundation for practical skills in any budding musician. While keeping that in mind, I have selected some first rate resources for beginners – children and adults alike.
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Lively games for the youngest!
Monkey Puzzles sets 1 & 2 by Fanny Waterman (Faber) include pack of 12 individual theory papers each for the young beginners providing lively games and puzzles that will hold the young player’s interest, and add to the fun of learning the rudiments of music.
Even teens and adults will love these
The Notespeller books 1 & 2 by JW Schaum (Alfred) has testimonial of thousands of teachers who pronounce it ‘The Best.’ Musical facts, beginning with line and space numbers are taught. Students learn by doing, since this book is in workbook form.
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The Music Theory in Practice series (ABRSM) has helped more than one million musicians worldwide to learn about the notation and theory of music. Now fully revised, this workbook remains the best way to prepare for ABRSM’s Grade Exam.