In this article I will be reviewing My First Theory Book Series which is a music theory book for beginners. Theory forms an important component in learning about your musical instrument and discovering how both of them go hand-in-hand. If you do music lessons privately out of school, chances are that your music teacher does not really focus on the music theory, but mainly the practical component.
This is because the teacher is not sure if you will pursue this wholeheartedly and go on to study music, or if it is just a hobby. If you are taking music lessons with a teacher and would like to learn about music theory, then you should definitely inform your teacher and she will give you some exercises or tell you which book to buy.
You will find that some kids absolutely love music theory and others do not really take a liking to it. This may be as a result of the teacher not making it fun enough or the book you are using is not very challenging for the student. So you can try out various books and see for yourself.
This is only a review of My First Theory Series Books in my opinion. If you use different music theory books at home or at the school you teach at and find that your books are more appropriate, that’s okay. I will be sharing my personal experience of using this book series. You may find that your students are more advanced and you may even begin your toddlers on My First Theory Book. It all depends on the progress of your student.
My First Theory Book
This book has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
This is what the book looks like and the author is Lina Ng. I use this book for kids from grade 4-6. I find that it is too advanced for kids below this age and a bit boring for kids older than grade 6. The age rang in the middle enjoy using these books. I usually play some music in the background while they do the exercises. You could also give them music theory homework to do, to move through the book faster and to give them a sense of responsibility.
This a workbook, so kids need to continuously do music theory exercises. It introduces notes, note names and note values. It then proceeds to learning about bar lines and time signatures. At the end of the book there is a music test or quiz. You can either let your student complete the test in class or have it as an open book test at home. You can use your discretion.
“This set of books is my go-to theory books for piano students in grades 1-5. Once they complete the third book, I move them a more mature set”.
My Second Theory Book
This book has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
After your student completes the First book, they should continue to the next book. This book is definitely more advanced and kids will learn even more new concepts which the teacher will need to explain to them. After this book, they should go to My Third Music Book and from there they will begin to do their music theory grades in Music. Music teachers have their own opinion on which music theory grade music books they use, so it’s up to you. You could even start your students on graded music theory books sooner if you see that they are ready for it.
“I teach music to young children ages 3 – 6. They all LOVE this book! The concepts are broken down into small bits that the children can understand, and the exercises are done in such a way that they feel successful with each achievement. The use of stickers in the exercises is brilliant. I now ask all the parents of my young students to purchase this book. Highest recommendation”.
Music Theory Made Easy For Kids
This book has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
I absolutely love this theory book. It’s an exercise book that contains stickers in the front and kids have to answer the questions using stickers. Almost all kids love stickers and it speaks to their creative side. The books introduce the notes and note values.
Kids have to choose the sticker pictures and match it to the note value and note names. It helps the kids get used to the names of the note values. I do find that repetition here will help dramatically. I use this book for kids in grade 2 and 3.
Most kids in grade 2 can’t read that well so you will have to say it and have them repeat after you every week they come back for a lesson, so that it is engraved in their mind and they don’t forget it.
“My 5-year old daughter loves the exercises (and stickers) in this theory! She actually begs to do as many pages as possible. It’s helped her learn and cement the note types, names, and note counts. We went through this book fast, and are now going to the Level 2 book. Not sure what I’m going to do when she finishes the Level 2 book”.
Music Theory Made Easy Level 2
This book has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.
After your student completes Music Theory Made Easy Level 1, you can continue with them to the next book in the easy series. This will require using your discretion, but I recommend that after Music Theory Made Easy Level 1, that you continue straight onto My First Theory Book Series. Kids are usually ready to move onto the next book, but if your student is still struggling with the concepts you can move them onto this one.
“My students love this theory series – I will continue to use it always! They do their assignments willingly – so I am HAPPY!!”
There you Have It
Today, I have discussed My First Theory Book Series Review, I hope that the information I mentioned in the article has helped you decide on which of these books to purchase and whether you think it will benefit your students. These books are more designed for piano learners but could also work for guitar students. If you are learning violin, it would be helpful to do more strings based theory.
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