Music Theory

Music theory is a language and a fundamental knowledge requirement for becoming your own musician. It encompasses three general areas, the rudiments (learning Notation, Key Signatures, Scales, Rhythmic Patterns Harmony etc...) the study of ancient music writings and thirdly (Musicology) the study of the general processes and principles in music.


The study of music theory will equip you with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation and also most importantly assist you to understand and listen informedly to a music performance. At Play Piano music theory is taught as part of your overall lesson. You will be introduced to a beginner theory book and study to take individual theory exams that sit along side the practical grade examinations.

We also specialise in one to one and group based tuition that covers the complete Junior and Leaving Certificate Syllabus as well as offering grinds for entry into third level institutions.


  • All Ages accepted from 6 years upwards.
  • All levels accepted from beginners to advanced.


At Play Piano the tuition year consists of 40 weeks duration and is divided into three terms. Please note that fees are charged by the term and not on a weekly basis. All fees must be cleared by the end of a term. See our school Terms and Fees for more information.


All new potential students will be asked to attend for a consultation prior to enrolment. At the consultation the enquiring student will be informed of operational procedures at Play Piano and presented with an enrolment form. When this is completed and returned the students name will then be added to the current waiting list and contacted when a suitable time slot arises.

New students are enrolled on an 8 week probationary course with a cost of 180.00 euro which must be paid for in full in advance. Upon successful completion of this period the student will be enrolled as a full member of Play Piano.

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