Castle Rock, CO (PressExposure) December 28, 2009 -- Learning music theory for beginning and intermediate music students has always been a problem. Most books and courses are too dry and lack adequate instruction to properly teach the student. The typical teaching methods use music playing technique as the primary focus and add theory as an after thought.
When music students begin study they are thrilled with the prospect of playing keys or strumming strings and creating great music. Most students end up struggling for months and years to learn to play well. Others seems to play and learn quicker than the average new student. Baring natural talent, the main reason this has occurred is with the study of music theory.
The students that focus on music theory learn the principles of music and thus are able to internalize the structure and essence of songs. This is not unlike learning mathematics were you learn the principles of addition, subtraction, multiplication and so on. A student doesn't have to memorize what 15 times 245 would equal. He learns a function and application to determine the result with smaller steps. The same idea may be applied to music.
The Music Learning Workshop has released a digitally delivered home study music course devoted to educating a student in 12 months on what usually takes the typical students 3 to 5 years of normal music lessons to accomplish.
"In a recent discussion on learning music the comment was made that the great composers of the past were taught by music theorists not by music teachers," commented Brad Chidester, owner of Music Learning Workshop web site. "This is a significant departure from how music is taught today."
The design of the Getting It Down Cold Monthly Music Course is to teach music principles and theory starting with no knowledge of music, not even notes and symbols. The course covers the basic definitions and then moves directly to reading notes, learning the master staff, intervals, rhythm.
The meat of the course is in learning 30 key signatures, relationships of 11 types of scales in each of those "keys", the 4 types of chords you can create in harmonic systems in each of those keys and more. Although comprehensive and focused the course is a fun and easy way to master music fundamentals.
This course is not a reference book. It is designed as a workshop, where you put together your own theory book by building on past lessons and using three senses of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (physical) learning. These are the same methods used in grade school and other hands on programs.
"Learning music theory and principles as fast as possible will accelerate your ability to learn songs and master music," explained Mr. Chidester. "I have personally experienced the power of music theory in my own jazz arrangements and study of classical works and the speed at which I was able to learn new songs. That is why I'm so passionate about this course and subject."