Music Theory Books To Get

Step 1, Step 2

These books are fun and delightful for 5 to 7 years old children or older children who find it difficult to focus. Stickers are provided with the book so this series work well for children who have limited writing experience. The presentation of the books feels like activity books which should provide hours of fun for children and learn music theory in the process. Upon completion of these books, students progress to Grade 1.


Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5

This is hands down the best music theory series for grade 1 to 5. Students should be at least 7 years old, perhaps preferably 8 years old when they start on grade 1. However, if an older child finds it difficult to focus and/or requires a game like approach to learning, consider the books steps 1 and 2 above.

Joseph has compared the contents of this series with other series and found these books to work with for his students. It has more exercises to reinforce learning when compared to the ABRSM and TCL series. The presentation of the material is well thought of, contains ample space for easy reading and writing and enhanced through appropriate colour. There are illustrations which aren’t childish. Even though the title claims that the books are for young musicians, I’m confident that older musicians will find them useful and helpful.


Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Having compared the theory of music syllabus of ABRSM, TCL and LCM, Joseph is of the opinion that TCL provides the most practical and reasonable syllabus for grade 6 to 8 music theory. Accordingly, when his students complete grade 5, they move to TCL’s theory of music syllabus.

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