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Welcome to The Music Theory Academy – helping you Learn How To Read Sheet Music.

The Academy is a TOTALLY FREE resource for musicians who want to take their musicianship to the next level by learning about music theory.
Whether you are just starting out as a musician, studying for a music theory examination or simply want to become a better musician then the music theory academy is the place for you.
Have a look at the different Music Theory Video Lessons I’ve posted.
If you are a complete beginner you should start with the Beginner Music Theory Lesson

Music Theory Lessons

  • The Circle Of Fifths
  • Modulation
    Modulation describes the process where a piece of music changes from one key to another key. When
  • Arpeggios
    Arpeggios are an amazing musical technique which you will come across all the time in lots of
  • pitch
    How to read music – Getting Started In this beginner lesson we’re going to look at some
  • Sharps and Flats
    Reading Sharps and flats If you’ve looked at the lesson on Getting Started then you will now
  • Bass Clef
    Bass Clef Made Easy Why do we need a Bass Clef? The Bass Clef always poses problems for people
  • Key Signatures
    Key Signatures Music is often described as the universal language. However, there are variations
  • Tempo
    The choice of tempo (speed) of a piece of music has a crucial bearing on its feel and the genre it
  • Chord Inversions
    Chord inversions add a richness to a chord progression and are a great tool for composers to use. I
  • Chord Progressions
    The term chord progression simply refers to the order in which chords are played in a song/piece of
  • Seventh Chords
    Seventh chords are the most common extension of the basic 3-note triad you come across. A seventh
  • Secondary Chords
    In the last lesson we looked at the primary chords. These are the most common chords you will come
  • Primary Chords
    The primary chords are the 3 most commonly used chords in music. Lots of songs and many pieces of
  • Introduction to Chords
    An understanding of chords is vital for any musician – understand chords and you are well on
  • Triads
    Chords and Triads Triads are made up of 3 notes played on top of each other. You will often hear
  • Canon Music
    Canon A canon is a piece of music where a melody is played and then imitated (one or more times)
  • Rondo Form
    Rondo Form Rondo Form is a natural extension of the 2 forms we have looked at already –
  • Ternary Form
    Ternary Form A musical structure where the piece is divided into 3 distinct sections. The 1st and
  • Binary Form
    Binary Form Binary Form describes the structure of a piece of music which is divided into 2
  • Cadences
    Cadences A cadence is a chord progression of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or section of a
  • Theme and Variations
    Theme and Variations Theme and variations is a very common musical structure you will come across,
  • Pedal Point
    Pedal Point A pedal point is a sustained note during which the harmony above it changes in some way
  • Relative Major and Relative Minor Scales
    Relative Major and Relative Minor Scales Relative keys have the same key signature (number of
  • Rubato
    Rubato The definition of rubato is a flexibility/freedom in the performance of a rhythm. Basically,
  • Pulse
    Pulse Pulse or beat is a crucial element of music. The presence (or absence) of a pulse in a