SAM RYALL BA (Hons)
KEYBOARDIST, TEACHER, MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND ARRANGER
I teach theory up to grade eight and it's an essential part of teachings.
Books I recommend
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What is theory of music?
Theory of music can be thought of as everything that can be transferred from instrument to another, rather than particular to the playing your particular one. It covers things like harmony, rhythm, notation and pitch.
Music Theory for Young Children Book One
Ying Ying Ng
This book is loved by lots of my younger students for its colourful images and abstract quizzes.
ABRSM Theory past papers
Very useful in the run-up to a theory exam in conjunction with one of the tuition books listed.
Music Theory for Young Musicans Grade 1
Ying Ying Ng
Very good, book, attractively presented. Each book comprises tuition and testing.
Music Theory in Practice, Grade 1
Excellent workbook, though perhaps a little dry. Requires the AB Guide to Music Theory, Vol. I.
The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1
Very comprehensive guidebook to the first five grades of theory as required by the ABRSM exams. You won't be asked anything that isn't covered by this book.
Buy used! (Often available second-hand for a penny.)
The Oxford Companion to Music
Percy A. Scholes
Not strictly a book about theory but rather a personal description of pretty much every describable aspect of music (well, in the so-called "classical" sense). My favourite book to dip into! Very funny as well - sardonic and trenchant.