A Life Saving Website

theory May 11, 2017

I just want to quickly share a website with you that I’ve found really helpful when teaching guitar. I believe it’s fantastic for any music student, and it’s free! It’s also accessible by students so they can train at home or on their devices and it’s even available as an app. The site is musictheory.net. So good!

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Theory, Recognition and Ear Training can be a tricky things to teach – especially in a half hour or 45min lesson, however I find that musictheory.net is incredibly useful for students to get better at recognising:

  • Notes
  • Intervals
  • Triads
  • Larger chords
  • Piano keys
  • Fretboard identification
  • Key signatures
  • and more

It’s also really helpful having access to the flash based theory lessons covering topics such as:

  • Notes on the Staff
  • Durations
  • Scale construction
  • Time signatures
  • Key signatures
  • Intervals
  • Diatonic triads
  • Inversions
  • Roman numeral analysis
  • and more

The above list is a small sample of the content we as music teachers or keen students need to understand and remember, so this is a great way to quickly cover that information and review it when needed. No need to reinvent the wheel…unless you want to.

Ear Training

Ear training can also be done on this site, and though the audio is midi, it does a pretty good job. It trains the following things:

  • Relative pitch note recognition
  • Intervals, played as ascending, descending and together
  • Scales including Major, Minor, Modes, Harmonic and Melodic
  • Chords including Triads, 7th chords, sus2 and sus 4

How To Use It For Teaching

For those of you who teach an instrument, here’s a cool feature.
It has a function in most of the exercises called Challenge mode. This allows you to set parameters and your students (or yourself) can aim at achieving a goal while building their skills and knowledge. It can be a good thing to do this in a lesson so you can see how the student is progressing without having to come up with a test sheet or some other teaching aid.

Conclusion

This website does actually do more than I’ve mentioned here, I’m just sharing what I’ve found to be most helpful. You also have the option to donate to this website so that hopefully the producers can continually improve performance and add functionality to this great resource.

Question:

Would this website be useful to you or someone you know? How could you incorporate it into your musical growth?

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