Ultimate Music Theory Prep 1 Flashcards

1000+ Smart online flashcards to help beginners of all ages learn the fundamentals of music theory fast.

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The smartest way to learn music theory!

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To most beginners, learning music theory is dry, repetitive, and boring. And yet, music theory is the written language of music, the mastery of which rips the lid off your creativity, unlocking your ability to learn new songs and even compose your own music so much faster.

That’s why Brainscape has partnered with Glory St. Germain and Ultimate Music Theory (UMT), one of the foremost music theory publishers, to create this collection of 3,000+ smart, adaptive flashcards for Prep 1: to make the learning journey as fast, efficient, and painless as humanly possible.

So, whether you are an aspiring young musician looking to get started in learning the universal language of music theory, or an adult musician wanting to develop a deeper understanding of music theory, this is the place to get started!

Music theory for beginners, covering the recommended curriculum for any Prep 1 music program

These music theory flashcards for beginners are tailored to pair with UMT’s Music Theory Prep 1 workbook, which offers a systematic way for students to learn entry-level music theory, while overcoming the greatest obstacle on the road to music literacy: boredom!

Importantly, these Prep 1 music theory flashcards will help you dramatically improve your knowledge and skills FASTER than you ever thought possible. And, you can rest assured that they cover the music theory fundamentals you’re required to learn in any beginner music program.

What you get with Brainscape’s Prep 1 Music Theory Flashcards

The Ultimate Music Theory Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook is an impressive workbook with 12 lessons, review tests, guides, charts, and flashcards, featuring the following fundamental concepts (and more):

  • PITCH - Accidentals and landmark note patterns on the grand staff
  • SCALES - Major and minor pentascales
  • TRIADS - Solid and broken triads and scale degrees
  • RHYTHM - Simple time, basic beat, pulse, notes, and rests
  • INTERVALS - Harmonic and melodic (numerical value only)
  • COPYING MUSIC - Stem direction, tempo, dynamics, and articulation
  • ANALYSIS - Musical terms, symbols, and signs

And once you’ve completed Prep 1, we offer a complete set of music theory flashcards (with audio) that span the spectrum of proficiency levels, including Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced, perfect for more experienced learners.

All of these collections are aligned with Ultimate Music Theory’s engaging workbooks, ensuring that you (or your kids or students) receive a comprehensive and effective education in music theory that then empowers you to read, write, and make music like a maestro.

[Advice for getting the most out of these music theory flashcards]

1. Use alongside UMT’s workbook

These music theory flashcards, while created to complement any music theory school curriculum or course, are ideally used alongside UMT’s Workbook for Prep 1. The flashcards are designed to really drill in—through fun, engaging practice—the concepts that you’re exposed to as you progress.

2. Be stingy with the 5’s

When you’re prompted to rate how well you understood a concept from 1 (not at all) to 5 (perfectly), remember that your rating informs Brainscape’s study algorithm how often to repeat that flashcard again. Any card rated a ‘5’ will not be shown again for a very long time. So only rate a ‘5’ when you know that concept perfectly!

3. Study a little bit every day

When it comes to learning music theory, consistency is key, and a little bit of studying—even just 5 minutes of flashcard practice—every day, will contribute enormously to your progress.

[How Brainscape’s music theory flashcards helps you learn faster]

The brain is hardwired to learn and remember information in a certain way. The Brainscape™ flashcard app was born out of the question: what if we leveraged this hardwiring to help students learn more efficiently? Fueled by curiosity, our team of cognitive scientists from Columbia and Yale spent years developing a scientifically optimized learning platform to boost learning.

Our "secret sauce" is a learning algorithm that delivers information to your brain—or your kid’s brain—in a way that optimizes its ability to retain that information. And it’s the spaced repetition of music theory flashcards "Spaced Repetition: The secret to learning more while studying less" at precisely the right interval for your brain that makes Brainscape so effective for remembering the facts.

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