Norfolk Music School

Music Theory and Composition

Whatever you play, from trumpet to tuba, you'll do it best if you get to know your crotchets and quavers! And once you know your Cs and Qs (and some of the secrets of harmony) you can start composing your own songs and symphonies!


Inspiration can strike at any age! Some of my younger composers contribute to the Worldwide Song Project. At the other extreme, Jim, in his 80s, has recently gained a pass with Distinction at the London College of Music's highest grade for composers.

My approach to theory for children & teens is to make it fun.

Thanks to their knowledge of music theory, the trombonist and harpist shown below have a deep understanding of their instruments and how to get the best results. They're also good at making sense of every blob and squiggle on the printed page!

Whatever age or stage they're at, composers know the importance of theory, and teenage learners often pursue it for practical reasons:
  • to qualify them for higher-grade practical exams 
  • to boost their success with GCSE and A level music or
  • as a direct route to university, since higher grade theory and practical passes count as A levels.

Please click on video to hear one of my young pupils playing my own 'Aquarelle.' (I do try to set a good example!)