The Math Of Music
Music theory is often referred to as the math of music. That’s because music theory analyzes music and it gives musicians rules to follow, just like math. But why is it important? Here’s a few reasons to add in music theory to your lessons:
- Without music theory, you wouldn’t be able to understand your music and how to play it. It includes time signatures, scales, keys, and a whole lot of other things. Music theory is how you learn the basics of how to read music and what all the symbols mean. But beyond that, it teaches you how notes that sound good are put together.
- It can help you be able to learn independently and improve your critical thinking skills. Without the understanding of music theory, a lot of students will rely on memorization to get them from lesson to lesson. When you learn theory alongside your pieces, you’ll be able to work through them on your own more and get better faster!
- When you want to learn another instrument or write music for other instruments, music theory helps you translate all that you’ve learned and allows you to communicate it better to other musicians or teachers.
- It can help you improvise better. A lot of people think that learning music theory destroys their creativity and makes them unable to write original music or improvise–and that’s not true. Music theory simply allows you to understand music on a whole new level. You get to analyze and see the creativity of composers and it gives you a way to write music when you’re stuck in writer’s block.
Make sure to ask your teacher what music theory they are teaching you!