Teaching Theory / Musicianship

Music Theory and general musicianship is ’part and parcel’ in music development, and for this reason, lessons in both, form part of continued singing tuition.

Is musicianship and theory really necessary, and do I need it?
Firstly, although it is true that you do not ‘need’ to read sheet music to perform as a singer, you may like to have an understanding of music theory and general musicianship. Recognising that theory is intrigal in musicianship, opens so many other doors for you in the world of music. Theory, even in its simplest form, shows you how to understand music notes, expression markings and written instructions, and having this enables you to speak in musical terms, explore it’s meaning and structure in new ways and redefine the colourful scope and variety of music. Progressing in music theory (regardless of age or level) further allows you to discuss and explain your interpretations with confidence, expanding your horizons farther.

Theory and musicianship for GCSE and A-level
In GCSE and A-level, there is an option to specialise in performance, and many young singers will choose this route, righly recognising that their strengths lie in performance. A good understanding of music theory and musicianship will certainly enhance both their performance for final recitals and also their end of year written examinations. In these exams, teenagers are asked to write about set works (musical excerpts) and generally explain in detail, the music being played. Teenagers who have an understanding of musicianship and theory, usually find these exams considerably less daunting as a result of fluency in music writing and explaination.

Enroling for lessons?
A pupil/adult wishing to have instruction in theory and musicianship can be enrolled in eight weekly sessions, wherein their practical and theoretical needs can be assessed, (also in preparation for school or private music examinations where applicable).

What will I learn? (Following, are a few headings)

  • Music terminology
  • Reading and writing music
  • Listening skills
  • Musical perception
  • Historical features in music
  • Performance characteristics