Who am I?
Hi my name is Ben and I’m the guy behind this FREE music theory site.
I am a music teacher, examiner, worship leader, composer and pianist.
Along with my wife, I spend most of my time running a Christian art and music company selling greetings cards, posters and music CD’s.
I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to do something that involves the creative arts.
I love music! I love playing it, composing it and teaching it!
I had the opportunity to study the piano from an early age and music has such a mysterious beauty to it that I know that I will still be loving it when I’m 80 years old (God willing).
Why Music Theory?
Most of my enjoyment of music is in the practical elements – the composing and the performing. However, my ability to be able to read sheet music has been crucial in freeing me as a composer and a performer. It acts as a launchpad to greater levels of creativity.
That is why I wanted to create this FREE music theory site. I want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to learn about music for free.
But Music Theory is boring, isn’t it?
It doesn’t have to be!
I am also passionate about making music theory interesting!!
I always come across students who find music theory boring, mainly because they have been told that the way to learn theory is to sit down with a book and…well, just learn it as though it was some separate subject. This is the way theory has been taught for years, but it is not a very effective means of learning. It certainly is not the way to learn how to read music.
Sheet music is like a language…it needs to be spoken out loud and not just read.
It needs to be made practical.
It is for this reason that I have created this TOTALLY FREE website. I want to take a new approach to learning music theory … I want to make it a practical, fun and contemporary experience. I want to help you become the best possible musician you can by learning how to read music, not in some abstract theoretical way, but in a hands on, practical, 21st century approach. I hope you enjoy the content.
All the best,