Do Piano Students Need to Learn Music Theory?

Cynthia VanLandingham

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Parents are often confused about the difference between piano lessons and piano theory. They want to know if it’s necessary for their children in piano lessons to learn music theory.

If your child is already enrolled in piano lessons I can guarantee you they are learning some music theory. What parents often don’t realise is that piano theory is music theory. In college, for example, all musicians have to take a keyboard class to learn music theory. So why wait until your child is in college to teach them music theory when they are already taking piano lessons?

Even young piano students can learn music theory concepts in piano lessons. And parents of young children can teach early keyboard concepts at home. Just as young children need their parents to read to them and teach the alphabet, parents can also teach the foundational “music Language" skills for learning to play the piano or keyboard.

It’s easy to learn keyboard theory on the piano because you can see it on the keyboard. Once students can see theory concepts on the keyboard they can learn to find them in the music and begin to understand and listen to how the music they're playing is put together. This will greatly improve your child’s note reading aptitude help develop their musical ear. So encourage your child taking piano lessons to learn their theory lessons as well, and they will learn to play piano even better.

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