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Music Education
Resources by Paula Downes, a lot of music by Andrew Downes

Music Theory made easy!

The Elements of Music
Fun lesson ideas with
video & worksheet


Rhythm Tree

Rhythm
Videos, Diagrams, lesson ideas
Beginner to Advanced


Keyboard with two and three black notes labelled.

Pitch
Videos, Diagrams, lesson ideas
Beginner to Advanced


Treble clef and G Major key signature

Scales and Keys
Videos, Diagrams, lesson ideas
Beginner to Advanced


Hairpins, crescendo and diminuendo

Dynamics
Videos, images, Italian Terms


Intervals

Intervals
Videos, images, helpful tips
Beginner to Advanced

Treble clef, D major key signature, 3/4 time signature

Time Signatures
Videos, diagrams, conducting tips
Beginner to Advanced

Crotchet/quarter note = 80

Tempo
Videos, Italian Terms


Symbols for up and down bows

Articulation
Covering all instrument families
Videos and images


C Flat 7

Chords
Beginner to Advanced
All you need to know for A Level


A Phrase from Baa Baa Black Sheep

Form/Structure
Video examples with analysed scores
Beginner to Advanced

Modes
KS3 and above
Video examples

12 Bar Blues
How to improvise

Learning music theory can be boring, difficult, and sometimes impossible. These free online lessons will take you through each topic in an accessible way, making it seem fun and doable. The links below will take you to a wide variety of  topics, ranging from the basics through to Bach Harmony and beyond. 

As well as reading through each lesson, you can watch videos to illustrate many of the points covered in each topic, and you can download worksheets, games, quizzes, charts, posters and flashcards.

Music teachers can use these webpages on their interactive whiteboards.  The diagrams and videos illustrate the topics clearly and succinctly.  Demonstrations on the piano in the videos can seen as well as heard, whereas if you played them on the piano in front of the class, most pupils would only be able to hear what you are playing and only grasp a little of what you are saying.

The aim of this website is to make theory come alive.

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