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First Steps In Music Theory

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Media: Book
Catalogue #: D0901
ISBN: 9781860960901


This introduction to essential elements of music is ideal for students preparing for examinations, as well as an excellent resource for everyone learning to read music. In this book you will find: a step-by-step presentation of the basic facts of music theory; a grade-by-grade format; clear, easily-understood explanations; vital information suitable for music students of all ages and abilities; invaluable support material for Grades 1-5 of the Associated Board Theory of Music syllabus.

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Scores 9.4 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
10 out of 10


Thornton West Yorkshire GB Amateur musician age 65
Neat size and easy to follow content
Essential information for students of any age
Confirmed purchase: 28 September 2016
Published on: 16 October 2016
5 out of 10


Chapters are divided well

Small in size
Could be worded in a much more easy to interpret way. Often gets tiresome and strenuous to read because of this.

A lot of the examples used with written pieces of music do not have a stave (I presume this was to save costs on printing)
Confirmed purchase: 16 November 2015
Published on: 19 December 2015
10 out of 10


Dumfries GB
Covers all subjects well
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 19 January 2015
Published on: 04 February 2015

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating Fantastic book, aids AS/A2 Exams very well. I recommend it to anyone teaching themselves or student in preparation for examinations. Pocket-size, very convenient, simple language and diagrams make it very easy to follow. Its a very good resource to refer to for theory and practical performance. Best theory book that I have bought so far.

Customer Rating A fantastic revision book to accompany your usual 'AB Guide to Music Theory'. Sometimes I find the AB Guide is too complicated and this little book explains theory in summary form. The book is presented grade by grade so it is very easy to follow.

Customer Rating I would recommend this book to anyone doing the ABRSM Grades 1 - 5 Theory exams. This book should be your bible when studying for the exams. I've just done my Grade 4, and the only material I used was this. I have never felt more confident about a theory exam. Excellent book!
See more reviews by Wee Micky Kid - (Belfast, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This is a fab little book and a perfect guide to the ABRSM graded theory books. I am a peripatetic teacher and all of my students have one to guide them through the theory in practice series. Most of them are able to do so independently, and we spend a couple of minutes at the beginning of the lesson going through what they have done, and clearing up any aspects that baffle them. It's obviously not as good a scenario as them having one-to-one theory tuition, but definitely not a bad second best!

Customer Rating I wish I had known about this book when my daughter started on Grade One theory. Very clear and succinct unlike some of the other ABRSM theory books. Definitely a good buy!

Customer Rating As an adult studying music for the first time, I found this book absolutely fantastic. This book is easy to understand: each grade has a separate chapter, and under each heading there is a detailed explanation. I am now studying for my Grade 3 Theory exam in November and I would highly recommend this book for anyone.
See more reviews by D - (London, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Well organised text book for Associated Board theory grades. I like the way it is written one grade at a time. Pupils feel that they are progressing once they have completed studying their grade.
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Customer Rating Very clear and thorough

Customer Rating Thorough but not exciting
See more reviews by http://www.piano4solihull.co.uk - (Solihull, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating my twelve year old is working through the theory grades and this book has helped him become more self sufficient when he gets stuck.

Customer Rating super book, very clear for beginners. Teaches the theory needed for each grade.

Customer Rating A Grade 5 Theory Godsend!!! Honestly this book is amazing and gives you clear, step-by-step instructions as to how to pass! Really helped me.
See more reviews by Aaron

Customer Rating Very good pocket book for all the beginners!
See more reviews by Yujuan - (Stockholm, Sweden)

Customer Rating Seems to cover all the relevant things. Good for reference

Customer Rating Exactly what I was looking for as a beginner - a compact and straightforward summary of essential music theory collected together within each exam grade boundary.

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: Not specified
Format: Theory
Length: 148 pages
Language: English
Publisher: ABRSM Publishing
Author: Eric Taylor

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