My son has been playing violin for almost 8 years (he's 14) and I believe he's a pretty good sight reader. However, he's never had a formal music theory class and I think he's pretty weak at such things. (Though I know next to nothing about it) I was helping my 11 yos with his cello practice and there were 3 flats and I asked my 14 yo what are 3 flats, and he couldn't tell me without looking! Even my 11 yo finally remembered "bead" (but we both forgot what order the last 3 are) So, I'm thinking he needs to learn music theory. Won't this help his sight reading and violin playing? He won't learn piano after a disastrous 6 months of lessons from my mom so he's weak at reading other clefs.
So, my question is, should he just take musicianship and then music theory at the community college where he is currently studying? It's pretty cheap here in Ca. Or, can this be something we can do at home? A friend gave us a book with companion CDRom entitled, "A Creative Approach to Music Fundamentals" by William Duckworth. I'd rather him not take up his lesson time with it. I think it would be better as a separate study or am I wrong?
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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