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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

  • Classical Music
    The Classical period of music is from 1750 to 1830. Classicism was a stylistic development in mid
  • Baroque Music
    The Baroque Period of music is from 1600-1750 (it is generally considered to finish sometime around
  • Medieval Music
    The Medieval Period of music is the period from the years c.500 to 1400. It is the longest
  • Renaissance Music
    The Renaissance Music Period covers the time from c.1400 – 1600. We are going to look at the
  • Fugues
    A fugue is a contrapuntal composition for a number of separate parts or voices. e.g. “a fugue in
  • Playing Leaps
    Beginner Piano Lesson 5 In Beginner Piano Lesson 4 we looked at improving your left hand playing by
  • Improve Your Left Hand Playing
    Beginner Piano Lesson 4 In Beginner Piano Lesson 3 we looked at how to play faster notes and how to
  • How To Play Faster Piano Notes
    Beginner Piano Lesson 3 In Beginner Piano Lesson 2 you learnt how to play some notes using your
  • Play Piano With Your Left Hand
    Beginner Piano Lesson 2 In Beginner Piano Lesson 1 we had an introduction to the piano, looked at
  • Play Your First Piano Piece
    Beginner Piano Lesson 1 It’s so exciting that you want to learn how to play the piano. The piano
  • The Circle Of Fifths
    The circle of fifths is a brilliant musical tool, but can be confusing when you first look at it.
  • 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
    If you’ve looked at the lesson on Getting Started then you will now know how to read sheet
  • Bass Clef
    Why do we need a Bass Clef? The Bass Clef always poses problems for people trying to learn how to
  • 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