Music theory workbooks in eleven levels for violin, viola, cello. and bass
How can understanding music theory make you a stronger musician?
A working knowledge of notation and harmony improves sightreading, memorization, interpretation, and facilitates improvisation. Designed to supplement private music lessons, this course guides you from elementary to college entrance level music theory.
You will develop...
- A fluency in the language of music
- A proficiency in writing and identifying scales, intervals, chords, and more
- An understanding of ear training—how to identify what you hear
- The ability to apply this to your instrument to make you a stronger player
For The Student
Making music is a joyous experience that enhances our lives like no other. People of all cultures have been traveling this path for thousands of years. Increasing your knowledge about music theory will make the study of music a richer experience for you.
Music theory will help you make sense of what you see on the printed page. This knowledge will ultimately facilitate your interpretation of music and enable you to find your own personal style that you use to express yourself through music. You’re on a worthwhile journey!
For The Teacher & The Parent
Core Music Theory for String Players is a comprehensive music theory program, designed to help string players understand music notation and to introduce basic harmony. The series includes 11 volumes each for violin, viola, cello, and bass (Preparatory Level through Level 10). An answer key, covering all levels, is also available for each instrument. For guidance in selecting a level, click here: Levels
Every workbook contains a review of previous levels. While it is most beneficial for the student to complete every level of this series, it can be started at any level (depending on the student's prior training). Children under the age of nine will benefit from parental guidance. Students will likely require input from their teacher at the more advanced levels.
The workbooks are valuable for all music students. They can also be used to prepare those students enrolled in the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Certificate of Merit™ program*.
About the Author
Celine Gietzen has been successfully teaching music theory to string players of all ages for decades. She is a professional cellist with music degrees from The Cleveland Institute of Music and UCLA.
* “Certificate of Merit™” is an evaluation program of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. Reference to “Certificate of Merit™” does not imply that MTAC endorses this product.