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  1. 1. I have witnessed countless occurrences during my teaching career where teachers upon trying to explain music without sufficient demonstration haveleft students bemused and at worst alienated. This is a disaster, as music theory really isnt that complicated, and if you have only a limited experience of playing a musical instrument can be easily understood when put in relation to the things that you are able to play.proudvoices
  2. 2. It is in everyones best interested to apply everything to an instrument, inparticular the piano, where the whole spectrum of music is laid out beforeeveryones eyes and at everyones fingertips From there it can easily betranslated to selected instruments Any attempts to explain music theorywithout this are, in my opinion, flawed
  3. 3. The intervals in a scale, for instance, can be visualized clearly when oneplays a C major scale on the piano From that scale, made more effective
  4. 4. as a demonstration by the fact that there are no flats or sharps, thestudent can see why there is a semi tone between the 3rd and 4thdegrees and the 7th and 8th degrees It can then be implied form this thatthe same applies to other scales, such as G major, which can in turnexplain why there is an F# and thus how key signatures work
  5. 5. All of these notions are incredibly simple, but completely baffling andabstract when not explained in relation to how they are played I sufferedbitter experience of not being able to grasp these things at school, as mymusic teacher and music theory teacher (I had separate classes) failed toexplain these basic and fundamental concepts in relation to my choseninstruments I was fortunate to come fro a very musical family andcertainly had a natural affinity to playing music, so these things werenthindrances, they were merely a part of a separate world far from what Iconsidered to be at the time, my own unique understanding of music
  6. 6. The problem I see often which is regrettable is that this goes on andcauses students much displeasure when attempting to achieve musicGCSE Yet it is one that I proudvoices always strive to rectify, simply byexplaining very slowly and precisely how crotchets and quavers work,simply by tapping them out and counting and encouraging students to dothe same It is a gradual process of recognition that can take time in orderfor it to become apparent how it relates to piano or guitar
  7. 7. But it certainly happens more quickly when instruments are used ratherthan by throwing out abstract terminology and expecting students tograsp what by the sounds of it are obscure concepts
  8. 8. proudvoices