Total Theory

 

The ‘whole language’ approach of the Total Theory Course combines theoretical knowledge with the visual and aural aspects of learning.

With direct and simple explanations, the Total Theory Course is designed to meet the needs of students of all ages, in both private and/or class instruction as well as for students studying independently.

Students, especially those seeking Conservatory examinations, will find the many written exercises useful preparatory exam material. The summaries, reference charts and directive lists provide quick reference points for the student, while the graded reviews and tests are beneficial in evaluating progress.

In addition to the actual Total Theory texts, free downloads have been created for the users of Total Theory. These downloads include additional teaching tools, Chapter Challenges (end of chapter review tests) and signs and terms.

The Total Theory Course – which complies with the Royal Conservatory of Music, Conservatory Canada and Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music curriculums – provides the theory student with a comprehensive, educationally sound and ‘user friendly’ rudiments program.

 

Total Theory

by James Lawless & Debra Wanless

The Total Theory program by James Lawless has been expanded, updated and revised by Debra Wanless.  Total Theory Basic, Intermediate, Late Intermediate and Advanced books fulfill the requirements of all Canadian Conservatories and now is expanded to include FREE DOWNLOADS. These downloads include teaching tips, additional exercises including Chapter Challenges, and assistance in learning musical signs and terms.Total Theory truly teaches to all learning modalities with its KeyboardExercises – theory needs to be understood aurally and visually. Total Theory is about teaching a full curriculum!

Total Theory Basic

The Total Theory Basic Rudiments provides a progressive program for all ages. The clear visuals, extensive exercises include keyboard (audio) elements to create one of the best theory books available today.  Basic Rudiments fulfills the requirements of Conservatory Canada Theory One, National Music Certificate Program and Royal Conservatory of Music Basic Rudiments Level 5, and Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music Grade Five Theory.

  • Complete theory program for all conservatories level/grade 5
  • 138 page textbook with clear & succinct explanations
  • Clean, large print
  • Abundance of exercises
  • 100 page supplement with added information & chapter challenges
  • Supplement includes easy-to-use/learn term charts & history components
  • Answer book
  • Download the Total Theory Basic Rudiments Chart Requirement for all Conservatories 

Total Theory Intermediate

The Total Theory Intermediate Rudiments provides a progressive program for all ages, reviewing and expanding on topics presented in Basic Rudiments.  The clear visuals, extensive exercises include keyboard (audio) elements to create one of the best theory books available today.  Intermediate Rudiments fulfills the requirements of Conservatory Canada Theory Two, National Music Certificate Program and Royal Conservatory of Music Level Six Rudiments, and Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music Grade Six Theory.

  • Complete theory program for all conservatories level/grade 6
  • 176 page textbook with clear & succinct explanations
  • Clean, large print
  • Abundance of exercises
  • 109 page supplement with added information & chapter challenges
  • Supplement includes easy-to-use/learn term charts & history components
  • Answer book
  • Download the Total Theory Intermediate Rudiments Chart Requirement for all Conservatories 

Total Theory Late Intermediate

The Total Theory Late Intermediate Rudiments provides a progressive program for all ages, reviewing and expanding on topics presented in Basic and Intermediate Rudiments.  The clear visuals, extensive exercises include keyboard (audio) elements to create one of the best theory books available today.  Late Intermediate Rudiments fulfills the requirements of Conservatory Canada Theory Three, National Music Certificate Program and Royal Conservatory of Music Level Seven Rudiments, and Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music Grade Seven Theory.

  • Complete theory program for all conservatories level/grade 7
  • 152 page textbook with clear & succinct explanations
  • Clean, large print
  • Abundance of exercises
  • 115 page supplement with added information & chapter challenges
  • Supplement includes easy-to-use/learn term charts & history components
  • Answer book – coming soon!
  • Download the Total Theory Late Intermediate Rudiments Chart Requirement for all Conservatories 

Total Theory Advanced

The Total Theory Advanced Rudiments provides a progressive program for all ages, reviewing and expanding on topics presented in Basic and Intermediate Rudiments.  The clear visuals, extensive exercises include keyboard (audio) elements to create one of the best theory books available today.  Advanced Rudiments fulfills the requirements of Conservatory Canada Theory Four, National Music Certificate Program and Royal Conservatory of Music Level Eight Rudiments, and Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music Grade  and Eight Theory.

  • Complete theory program for all conservatories level/grade 8
  • 166 page textbook with clear & succinct explanations
  • Clean, large print
  • Abundance of exercises
  • 75 page supplement with added information, chapter challenges
  • Supplement includes easy-to-use/learn term charts & history components
  • Answer book
  • Download the Total Theory Advanced Rudiments Chart Requirement for all Conservatories