This theory class will make learning new pieces easier for you.

You may have studied music theory before, but most learners don’t know how it relates to their playing of music.

So often theory classes and books supply you with knowledge but they don’t cover how that works in practice. So it doesn’t help you play music better.

You’ll find tonnes of courses online and most of them are about the graded exams. You may have studied these in the past or perhaps you’ve read a book….

But have you applied any of that theoretical knowledge in a way that helps you learn music better? 


Are you left with gaps in your knowledge?

Have you tried to understand the theory, but got lost in the musical jargon?

Or are you asking yourself how will learning the theory help you play and enjoy music more?

If any of the above sounds familiar I have good news for you

The Music Theory in Practice course is different.

Meet your Theory Coach

I’m Fiona, a music examiner for Trinity College London and an international adjudicator. I have a degree in musical performance from Huddersfield University and I’m a Licentiate member of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College London, and the London College of Music. I’m also the author of Play Music Better.

As an experienced teacher of adults, you will receive expert tuition in theory in a way that is meaningful to the music that you are practising.

In these monthly live sessions, you’ll  

🎵 Improve your rhythm by understanding the math of music at a glance. 

😀 Experience more accuracy when you play by understanding key signatures and modulations.

🎶 Memorise and sight-read better by understanding intervals.

🎹🎸🎻🎷Learn pieces faster by knowing how to apply the theory to the music you are practising.

And so much more, including the chords, cadences, the circle of fifths, and musical characteristics.

From now on, every new piece you learn will be an opportunity to apply and grow your knowledge of music theory in practice.

I’m in! Take me to the enrolment, please.


Music Theory in Practice

Theory classes for Adult learners who want to apply the knowledge not just consume it.

“Thank you for such a detailed lesson. Things are much clearer now.” Douglas

“Wow! Thanks ever so much for the explanation. It makes so much sense!” Jonathan

I’m in! Take me to the enrolment, please.

Lesson Times

The sessions last for one hour and take place on Zoom at 6 pm Uk time on the First Thursday of every month. 

That’s 1 pm in Eastern Time, 12 noon in Central time and 10 am Pacific Time.

The course starts on Thursday 2nd of June 2022.

There are 12 sessions over the course of the year.

All sessions are recorded and you will have access to the replays for the lifetime duration of the course.

Elisa from Abbotsford, Canada

“Another excellent presentation.  And I have learned a couple of new things.  I have always wondered why it is perfect with some intervals and major with others.  I even asked my teacher at a lesson and she said it was just how they are named.  Now, I found the answer to my question.  Aha, moment! And also what a fantastic way ( following the steps ) to figure out the intervals.  I have never seen a chart like that before.  Lesson 3 has cleared up a few things for me.
I can’t wait till the next lesson.”

“Just like you, Elisa, there was a loud sound of pennies dropping in my little studio as we worked through the session yesterday. Another cracking job from Fiona!”

Clive from the Forest of Dean, UK

Dolores from Preston, UK

I’m also looking forward to catching up. That’s the beauty of these recorded sessions… great value as Elisa says! And like Clive the pennies clink and clang each time round! 
Looking forward to it! 
So worth it👌🏼

Reinforce what you’ve learnt with Replays, Workbooks and Quizzes.

Every lesson is recorded and you can watch the replays as many times as you want. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in the classes.

Music theory in practice is not an online course of lectures or videos.  It’s a class with an opportunity to meet like-minded people.

You’ll also get extra resources to strengthen your understanding and knowledge.  These include the lesson slides, a monthly workbook and a quiz.

“Fiona, I just got through all the materials on Theory Lesson One, thank you for so much great content and perspective. The quizzes are very thoughtful, they really point out areas I need to study and practice more. “

Sandy from Yucaipa, USA

My methods are unique and they work

The way that I teach music theory is different to what you’ve probably experienced before. These lessons are not just a whole lot of confusing musical jargon. The content will make sense and help you practice and play music better.

Theory Content will include:

Understanding Note Grouping

Learn to see at a glance where those metronome clicks should align with your music. Notes are beamed together so that players can see the rhythmic shape. Understanding this will help you read rhythms quicker and more easily.

Keys and Modulations

In this lesson, I’ll be talking about how to work out what key a piece of music is in, and whether those accidentals are passing notes or modulations. By the end of this session, you’ll have a much clearer understanding keys in music

Rhythm in music

Maths plays an important role in music and learning how to count rhythmic patterns and understand metronome marks is essential. I’ll be covering how to rewrite and rethink rhythms in different time signatures.

Patterns in Music

Your brain reads music in a similar way to words. Training yourself to recognise patterns, will make playing those bars easier, and also improve your memory retention. I’ll be covering patterns such as ostinato, sequences, imitation, and inversion.


Understanding intervals is essential for reading ahead, improving your sight-reading, playing by ear, chord recognition, and much more. You’ll learn how to qualify intervals and invert them.

Circle of 5ths

In this session, I’ll show you lots of information that you can glean from the circle of 5ths. Not just the relative keys, and basic chord progressions, but also some more interesting chord shapes that you can create using the circle of 5ths.

Scale patterns

There are many forms of scale patterns, and understanding how they relate to keys and chords will help you analyse your music in greater depth. I’ll be covering major, minor, pentatonic, modes, and the blues scale. I’ll also show you how to identify these in your music.

Musical Forms

You’ll learn all about ternary, binary, rondo, and the 12 bar blues and how to identify these in your music.

Hear what Esther from Ohio USA has to say about this Theory Course.

“We’ve done four lessons and we’re way above anything I ever expected to learn

it has been amazing to learn what I have in four months.  I’m excited to know what I’ll know in 12 months.” Esther from the USA

What’s the price?

With 12 hours of tuition and access to the replays for the lifetime of this course, these monthly classes offer fantastic value. They will keep you motivated, engaged and excited to learn more.

Registration has now closed. There will be another opportunity to join later in the year.

What do others have to say 👇

Alison from the UK

Everything I learn is giving me more and more to identify in music It takes time but gives me another level of appreciation. I’m enjoying this.

Bev from Canada

A  wonderful theory class today, I really enjoyed the format🎶 Thank you 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing