Music Education

Types of Guitar

Nowadays we have many different types of guitar, however the instrument has a fascinating history, as the guitar’s true origin has never been conclusively proven. Similar stringed instruments evolved over the years, but we do know that the guitar as we know it developed in Spain. Because the lute was a popular stringed instrument during the Renaissance, many believed [...]

Free Hymns

Thanks to 21st Century technology you can find an abundance of free hymns online, whether you’re looking for information, sheet music, or recordings. The word hymn is of Greek origin and translates as “a song of praise”. Interestingly, some of the oldest notated hymns discovered have been Greek texts, and there is also a great history in the Egyptian [...]

Grade V Theory

Grade  theory is often used as a benchmark for music knowledge and refers to the ABRSM music theory exams. These exams help students beginning with the fundamental building blocks of music theory, and progress to cover western music history and periodic styles, their composers, an introduction to composition techniques and beyond. ABRSM require Grade 5 theory to be obtained [...]

Music Degrees

There are lots of different types of music degrees that specialise in all kinds of areas within music and sound. Lots of institutions will combine areas and specialisms, however there are a few ways of categorising the main areas of study. Undergraduate music degrees mainly fall within three classifications: BMus – Bachelor of Music BA – Bachelor of Arts [...]

Singing In Tune

Perfecting the skill of singing in tune is often the biggest learning curve most people face when they start out. Some have the innate ability to sing in tune, while it can take more work for others. The good news is that most people can learn how to improve their singing: under 3% of people are truly tone-deaf and [...]

Sight Reading Exercises

Sight Reading Exercises When students are preparing for music exams it can be difficult to practice and improve sight reading without a teacher present. In bands and singing groups alike, it can also prove challenging for those who are not confident sight readers to learn their parts without aural assistance. This is where the PlayScore interactive playback features come [...]

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