Music theory supports those participating in music lessons to read and understand the music better; it provides the ability to critically listen to music, detect errors in the music and write and perform music accurately. This in turn assists in interpretation and performance. To truly learn to play an instrument there needs to be consistent study and appreciation of music theory.
Dedicated Music theory lessons are taught especially for students wishing to move onto grade 6 or higher in the prestigious ABRSM practical examinations where grade 5 theory is needed to pass. Basic music theory is taught alongside instrument tuition, but dedicated lessons in theory are usually needed in order to pass the Grade 5 standard. These classes are taught as 1 to 1 lessons or in paired sessions. If students pass grades 6 to 8 they receive valuable UCAS points which can be added towards University entries. Time frames for completing theory training varies from student to student.
As a member of St. Columb's School of Music, each student is eligible to attend group theory classes for free, which run every two weeks on Saturday mornings.