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Music Theory Classes for Kids

Understand the big-picture of music theory: fill in the gaps in your musical knowledge

Handwritten music These classes for children and teenagers cover the material of AMEB Musicianship, with added material applying the theory to both classical and contemporary music. Small groups of 2 - 5 students meet once a week for an hour after school in Susan's studio in Leichhardt. Students work towards optional exams.

To enrol or find out more, email Susan Deas or phone 0418 443 324.

Interested in Music Theory Classes for Adults? Click here.

Why should I learn music theory?

If you learn to sing or play a musical instrument, and do exams, sooner or later you will need a theory qualification as a prerequisite. But a much better reason is that music theory enables you to understand what is really happening in the music you play. Understanding the music helps you play more sensitively, appreciate music and its context more, and can help you to compose music yourself.

About the AMEB Musicianship syllabus

AMEB is the Australian Music Examinations Board. Their federal office sets the syllabus, and the state office administers the exams. There are currently three different theory syllabuses: Theory of Music, Musicianship, and Music Craft. Each syllabus has different strengths. Musicianship has been chosen for these classes because it has a good coverage of theory and harmony, includes some composition and some aural skills, and because it allows room for adding extra material.

About Susan Deas

Susan has been teaching piano and music theory for over twenty years. She has a Bachelor of Music with a major in performance (piano) and musicology, a Master of Music Studies (Studio Pedagogy), a Bachelor of Arts (Communications), and the A.Mus.A in Musicianship. Her School Holiday Workshops covering music general knowledge have been running in various venues for several years. She also teaches music appreciation courses at the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education and WEA, and performs professionally as a pianist and organist. Susan is an accredited as a piano and musicianship teacher, and is on the Council of the Music Teachers Assocation of NSW.


Frequently asked questions

What will the classes cover?

The classes will cover the material of AMEB Musicianship, but will also include extra material. Sight singing and ear training will be included in every lesson. Higher grades will include the history of music, instruments of the orchestra, and modes.

What format do the classes take?

Classes are for one hour a week during school terms, with breaks for school holidays and public holidays. There will be some homework to do each week, which will be marked at the following class.

How big are the groups?

Groups will be from 2 to a maximum of 5 students.

How long does each grade take?

Usually one year per grade. Grades 1 and 2 are combined into a one-year course.

Can I do exams?

Yes, if you wish. The exams are held by AMEB in August each year, and are also available online.

Do I have to do exams?

No, not if you don't want to. You can try a past paper to make sure you understand all the material of one grade before going on to the next.

When do the classes start?

Classes start at the beginning of September for the August exam the following year. Depending on numbers, classes may also start at other times throughout the year.

Can I join a class after it has started?

Yes, provided there is room in the class. You will need to come for one private lesson first as an assessment, then usually several more private lessons to learn the material the class has already covered, and then you can join the class. After the private lessons you will pay a pro-rata amount for the rest of the term.

Where are the classes held?

The classes are held in Susan's studio in Leichhardt. Buses on Parramatta Rd and Norton St Leichhardt are a 5 minute walk, Taverners Hill light rail is an 11 minute walk, and Petersham station is a 12 minute walk. There is 2 hour parking in Jarrett St, or unmetered parking nearby in Elswick St and Albert St.

How much do the classes cost?

The classes cost around $400 per school term, caclulated on $40 per hour for the number of lessons in the term (so shorter terms will be cheaper). All books and materials are included in this fee,except scores and recordings for Grades 4-6. The exam fee is not included (exams are optional).

How do I enrol?

You will need to contact Susan directly to enrol, on 0418 443 324, or you can .