Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are these lessons suitable for a school environment?

A. Absolutely. The lessons have been set up to be delivered once per fortnight during the four school terms, including a two-week break between terms. We have a special package just for schools at a cost of $500 per class (assuming 25 students ,that’s only $20 each for the whole package). The whole package can be completed within one school year or over two terms if you choose weekly delivery. Each student also gets an individual log-in access code which enables them to view the videos at any time outside classroom time (and at no extra cost). This is perfect for those situations when a student is unable to attend a particular class. If this happens, the student can view the video of the ‘missed lesson’ at a time that’s convenient to them, including, of course, home time. No more time needs to be set aside by you, the teacher, for ‘catch up’ lessons.

We also supply, for schools only, an additional separate homework sheet. The questions in this additional sheet are designed in such a way that the student can complete them by ‘circling’ the correct answer or inserting the missing word. If they miss a particular question it’s simple enough for them to rerun the video or use the ‘active Table of Contents’ to move to the precise spot in the video needed for revision purposes.

We suggest that the video lessons are run fortnightly with the alternate weeks being ‘in class’ and spent tackling the Assignment worksheets. The Assignment questions are designed to have students ‘apply’ the knowledge gained during a particular video whereas the Homework questions simply require attention to the video. Your most inexperienced music teacher can successfully run the complete Mastering the Foundations of Music package confident in the knowledge that everything is covered. No class/lesson preparation, no marking, no homework to set-it’s all done for you.

Q. What will I gain from Mastering the Foundations of Music package?

A. The videos are designed for any person, whether they are a music student or simply someone who’s interested in learning the fundamentals of music, to gain an excellent and thorough grounding in the foundations of music in preparation for: future music training in general; instrumental performance; conducting; teaching; composing; arranging; or ‘just for personal interest’.

A big advantage of this package is that the information is presented in a logical order with each lesson building on the learning presented in the lesson prior. Also, you can complete each lesson at a time that suits you and, so long as you have Internet access, you can access the lessons any place that suits you, too and on either a stand-alone computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Q. I’m from a country where we use the American note naming system. Does your package cover American terminology?

A. Yes. Both the American AND British note naming systems are employed. After the first five or so lessons both systems are freely used throughout each subsequent lesson. You’ll be surprised how easily you can learn and employ both systems. Given music is so universal these days, having knowledge of both systems is extremely useful.

Q. Can I commence the lessons say, halfway through?

A. No. The reason for this is that even though you may feel you already have a firm grounding in the foundations of music and don’t feel you need the ‘earlier’ lessons, the reality often sees many ‘gaps’ in a person’s knowledge that need to be ‘plugged’ if advanced learning is to be accomplished with confidence. The Mastering the Foundations of Music package has been put together with a professional level ‘end state’ in mind. To achieve this end state the information is presented in a very specific way concentrating on getting all the basics ‘aligned’ to enable the application of the knowledge to be correctly and confidently employed to any music situation no matter the level (basic student up to professional teacher, conductor, arranger or composer). The only way this kind of confident application can be guaranteed is to begin at Lesson 1. You can be assured that any gaps in your knowledge will be well and truly filled with the information contained in these videos.

Q. How long do I have access to the lessons?

A. Access will be for 1 month after your final lesson. However, the Assignments for each lesson follow the information presented in a particular lesson. Remember too, each Assignment also contains the answers. So, even though you won’t have unlimited access to the lessons following completion you will always have the Assignments for all 20 lessons that form their own ‘book’ covering the information presented in the complete lesson package. This ‘book’, along with the answers, can be reflected upon for years to come. You also receive a Glossary for all the terms used in the complete package along with a ‘lesson specific’ Glossary that accompanies each lesson.

Q. Given there are already many books and some with accompanying CDs available that cover music theory, what does the Graham Lloyd Mastering the Foundations of Music Package give me that is any different to the books

A.The biggest advantage is the information is presented in video format which stimulates both the visual and aural senses simultaneously which greatly enhances the learning experience. Additionally, any music examples are performed at the exact time the information is being initially presented and digested both aurally and, when practical, the music examples are also presented on the screen (additionally, most of the examples form part of the PDF for each lesson). Furthermore, with the power of video, important information can be emphasized as the video progresses by zooming in, highlighting, ‘circling’, changing colour, animations, information ‘appearing/disappearing’, etc all of which is very powerful in supporting the learning process. These powerful capabilities are not available in books or books with accompanying CDs which often see the music examples simply being ignored thereby obstructing the most important requirement development of the student’s aural acuity. The videos are almost as good as having the teacher in the room with you.

Q. Why is there a two-week break every now and then?

A. To enable you to take ‘time off’ for a ‘holiday’. Sometimes life can be too busy. Music learning should be fun so overloading you week after week or fortnight after fortnight with the 20 lessons without a break doesn’t sound like as much fun! If you choose to have the lessons delivered every week then your break will be after lesson 10. If you choose to have the lessons delivered fortnightly, you’ll get a break after lessons five, 10 and 15.

Q. Is the Mastering the Foundations of Music aligned to the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) requirements?

A. Not specifically. However, the Mastering the Foundations of Music package covers the basics of music in general so the 20 lessons cover all requirements of note and rest durations, grouping and beaming of notes and rests in all compound and simple time signatures, all keys signatures, major scales, Harm/Mel/Natural minor scales, Intervals and basic Italian terms and Ornaments. From these lessons students will gain a ‘process’ of thinking that can be applied to nearly any music situation they may encounter anywhere in the ‘Western’ world. Given examining bodies the world over have differing requirements the lessons cannot be aligned to any particular examining body.

Q. Is there any benefit at all from an Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) perspective?

A.The 20 lessons of the Mastering the Foundations of Music package will give students the complete knowledge to fulfil the ‘rudiment’ requirements from Grade 1 up to Grade VI AMEB Theory. To complete the Harmony requirements students would need to complete the Graham Lloyd Harmony package as well. This separate package will cover all harmony requirements to Grade VI AMEB Theory. It must be highlighted that there is no specific coverage of melody writing in either package however, once the knowledge of rudiments and harmony has been digested, the application of this knowledge to melody writing will be straightforward.

Q. What age bracket are the lessons aimed at?

A. The lessons have been put together with a minimum age of about 10 years old in mind. That was the age I began to learn music theory, myself. However, I’m confident that younger students with a penchant for music will find the lessons perfect for them and, particularly if they’re fast learners, they won’t be held back as they can move through the lessons at their own pace. The upper age level, well, how about 110?

Q. What is taught in the lessons?

A. Mastering the Foundation of Music course outline:

Lesson 1 – Introduction and the 5 elements of Music
Lesson 2 – Music Notation
Lesson 3 – Pitch (Part 1)
Lesson 4 – Pitch (Part 2)
Lesson 5 – Rests and review of lessons 1-4
Lesson 6 – Time signatures (Simple Time)
Lesson 7 – Correct Grouping of Notes and Rests in Simple Time
Lesson 8 – Compound Time Signatures
Lesson 9 – Correct Grouping of notes and rests in Compound Time
Lesson 10 – A brief overview of Irregular and Asymmetric Time Signatures, Tuplets (triplets/duplets, etc) and Sharp and Flat Symbols
Lesson 11 – Major scales (part I)
Lesson 12 – Major scales (part II)
Lesson 13 – Minor scales (Part I)
Lesson 14 – Minor scales (Part II)
Lesson 15 – Chromatic scales
Lesson 16 – Intervals (Part I)
Lesson 17 – Intervals (Part I)
Lesson 18 – Transposition
Lesson 19 – The C Clef. Short and Open score
Lesson 20 – The more common Italian Terms and Ornaments

Q. If I have any questions or need additional clarification on the presented information what do I do?

A. You can send me a message here and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Q. If I have problems accessing the videos what do I do?

A. Send us a "Technical Enquiry" here and we’ll get right onto sorting it out.

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