Music Theory Books

Debbie said: Aug 16, 2007
Debbie MiViolin
138 posts

What Music Theory products have people used with their students and really liked?

Connie Sunday said: Aug 16, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

violinist

What Music Theory products have people used with their students and really liked?

There’s tons of stuff for piano, but for violin (and I may be mistaken about this), the only materials that I have been able to find are the following:

*Dorothy Croft—Violin Theory For Beginners: Bk. 1, Bk. 2. *
http://beststudentviolins.com/sheetmusic.html#vltheory

I have not (yet) purchased this material to review it, but I intend to. This sure would be a good project for somebody (to design new materials).

For piano I have the following:

PIANO THEORY
http://beststudentviolins.com/sheetmusic.html#theory

Connie

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

Corinne said: Aug 16, 2007
 Violin, Piano
44 posts

I really like the “Just The Facts” series. There are twelve workbooks (one for each school grade) as well as a primer level for kindergarten. (Late beginners don’t need to start at the very beginning—they can usually manage the book one level below their school grade.)

The kindergarten book is the only one that is geared toward piano students. It teaches finger numbers, note names on the keyboard, etc. Books 1-3 use pictures of a keyboard to explain whole and half steps, but I think that is a valuable visual aid for students on any instrument.

http://www.musicbagpress.com/prod-jtf.html

Debbie said: Aug 16, 2007
Debbie MiViolin
138 posts

Thanks!

Those thoery books look really good!

Jennifer Visick said: Aug 16, 2007
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alfred publishes a series of theory workbooks—one is specifically geared toward viola, so I assume there may be one for violin also? They are basically a series of worksheets, along with a teacher’s CD for the musicianship parts of the workbook. It’s divided into chapters with review tests at the end of each chapter.

Connie Sunday said: Aug 17, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

RaineJen

alfred publishes a series of theory workbooks—one is specifically geared toward viola, so I assume there may be one for violin also? They are basically a series of worksheets, along with a teacher’s CD for the musicianship parts of the workbook. It’s divided into chapters with review tests at the end of each chapter.

Can you provide a link to those, or the title, or the ISBN number?

Thanks!

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

Jennifer Visick said: Aug 17, 2007
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If you search Amazon.com or if you Google for “Essentials of Music Theory”, you should come up with it.

There are lots of products that go together—- student books divided into three volumes, or student “complete” books (all three volumes in one), or teacher’s key books, or the ear training cds, or a teachers Key book plus the cds together, or ….. There’s even a software version.

I like the material because it’s clearly presented and seems pretty comprehensive. I tend to make my violin students use the alto clef version (so they don’t complain about the “new” clef when I make them study viola, later on in life….)

Connie Sunday said: Aug 17, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

RaineJen

If you search Amazon.com or if you Google for “Essentials of Music Theory”, you should come up with it.

Thank you for your response. I do see a lot of this material on SheetMusicPlus.

This is very helpful. I don’t see it as being specifically designed for string students (though there is not much difference, of course), or any material for viola, but I’ll keep investigating.

Thanks!

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

Connie Sunday said: Aug 17, 2007
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Here you go, I’ve got it:

http://beststudentviolins.com/sheetmusic.html#theory

That looks like really good material to me, and I didn’t even know about it.

Thank you!
Connie

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

Rachel Schott said: Aug 17, 2007
Rachel SchottViolin
Harrogate, TN
127 posts

You should definitely check out Music Mind Games—interactive, non-competative theory card games that cover just about everything.

http://www.musicmindgames.com

Jennifer Visick said: Aug 18, 2007
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I second that, Rachel. I’ve heard very good things about music mind games, and I really like the fact that the website has links to youtube videos of the games being played in a real class, so you get an idea of how it works in real life.

-Jenny-

Community Youth Orchestra said: Aug 22, 2007
Community Youth OrchestraViolin, Viola
70 posts

In an appeal to students needing more basics in applied theory, I really recommend “Rhythmic Training” by Robert Starer for older students who are dealing with complex rhythmic figures in their pieces.

Jennifer Visick said: Apr 25, 2010
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By the way, Robert Starer has a book called “Basic Rhythmic training” which has lesson plans and ideas appropriate for a beginner’s level. It covers about the first five chapters (I think) of the more comprehensive/advanced “Rhythmic Training” book.

Sue Hunt said: Apr 27, 2010
Sue Hunt
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Viola, Violin
391 posts

First Steps in Music Theory by Eric Taylor is an great book which will take you through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music syllabus. It is user friendly (using American rhythm names) for those of you who live in the States and is divided into two books. There are also work books for all of the 8 Grades and parallel Model Answer Books.

said: May 22, 2010
 63 posts

I love using “Piano Discoveries Theory Books” by Janet Vogt, although they are geared for piano. It’s actually a cute music “method” that has complementary Theory and Playing books. My students work through the theory books (1-2 pages per week) and then when they have finished each theory book they are rewarded by my loaning them the corresponding playing book for a month.

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/search?q=theory+discoveries

said: May 24, 2010
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Those theory books look really good!

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