Music Theory for Beginners

Welcome to the iReadMusic theory pages! 

Our aim is to provide you with a fun and accessible introduction to music theory.

Gosh, it sounds dull doesn't it - Music Theory. But it's our mission to convince you that it's really something very magical. Try our description on for size:

Music Theory: The means by which you can perfectly, and expressively, play a piece of music in the true style and with the fundamental grace with which the composer first discovered it.

OR, to put it more simply:

Music Theory: Once you know it, you can learn to play anything!

So in short, it's very cool.

Tell me more about Music Theory

Remember when you learned to read? No? Me neither, but humour me a little...

You first had to learn the individual letters, the sounds of those letters, and then what they sound like when you string them together. It was a lot of effort, but it was worth it, and once you mastered those first few sentences it was a really rewarding experience.

The story with learning to read music is even better. 

Once you've had a taste of playing a piece of music from the stave (called the staff in the USA), you'll be absolutely hooked. 

Especially in the fast-paced modern world, reading music provides the perfect antidote to the busyness of the mind, leaving you feeling more relaxed and fulfilled at the end of an otherwise stressfully hectic day.

In a nutshell, what does reading music involve?

There are five horizontal lines drawn across the page, collectively known as the stave.  There are dots superimposed over the top. The higher up the page the dots are, the higher the note is in pitch (more on this later). 

Then there are indicators of rhythm and timing and finally instructions about the character in which the piece should be played.

Music theory is literally an instruction manual of how to play anything, written in a new language. But this new language is way easier to learn than an actual spoken language. Way easier! 

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Why not get started now. It's free, and we won't even ask for your email address.  Your first step on your magical music reading journey is to discover the stave.