Grade 1 Theory Online Course

$30.00 including GST

Learn the concepts and content of the Trinity College Grade 1 Theory syllabus at your own pace and have your understanding assessed digitally as you go!

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Studying Grade 1 Music Theory provides a solid foundation of knowledge for beginner music students.


If you’ve just started learning an instrument, Grade 1 theory will help you understand the basic elements of the music that you’re learning to play and is great way for you to start learning how music is put together.


You can work through this online course at your own pace and at a time that suits you.  Pre-recorded videos guide you step by step through the Trinity College Grade 1 syllabus – PLUS – you get the chance to check that you’ve understood the content by completing digital quizzes that give you instant feedback as you go!


The course is designed to take between 5 – 10 weeks for you to complete, but you’ll have access to the course for at least one year from enrolment and for the full length of its lifetime running on this Music eLearning site.



Grade 1 Theory will help you learn the basics of reading and writing music and will introduce you to the fundamental elements of pitch and rhythm. You’ll learn what it means when music is described as being in a major key and you’ll learn a range of simple musical terms and symbols that will help you make a little more sense of the music that you’re learning to play.

This online course contains 23 lessons which are grouped thematically into 10 modules. It comes with a PDF workbook for you to complete as you go and a second, corresponding PDF answer booklet.  At the end of various parts of the course, you’ll find a digital quiz which is designed for you to test out your understanding of the new concepts you’ve learnt.

The video tutorials are short and explain each new point that you come across clearly, with musical examples to help you understand easily.


Kathryn Lauder BMus(HONS), DipTch(Sec)

Kia ora, I’m Kathryn, a NZ based music teacher, composer and pianist.

As a piano teacher, I’ve found that students who have studied music theory have the tools they need to be able to understand the music they play and are equipped with technical knowledge to enhance their composition / improvisation skills. If you have only a 30 minute weekly instrumental or vocal lesson with your teacher, sometimes it is difficult to fit theory in.

I’ve put this course together so you can work through the Grade 1 theory syllabus in your own time and pace, so that you can focus more of your lesson time on practical activities and you don’t have to worry about covering the theory component in this time.

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