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THEORY GYMNASTICS

“Our objective is to always put the students’ needs first as we nurture them along in their musical experience. However, as teachers we know what a boon it is to have resources and materials that work for us and for our students!” 

Theory Gymnastics For Children

🎵  Teach theory efficiently and thoroughly
🎹  Utilize multiple approaches to each concept that match varied learning styles
🎶  Teach composition and musical form from the beginning levels
👨  Introduce students to famous composers
🎵  Present terms and symbols that coordinate with each level
👂   Teach ear training by utilizing free listening examples via kjos.com
👫  Employ the benefits of group study and peer influence
🎲  Incorporate games and reinforcement activities

level A

LEVEL A – BRILLIANTE & ANIMATO

○ Brilliante: young beginners, Animato: ages 8+
○ Music alphabet, grand staff, steps & skips, rhythm up to eight note pairs, 5-fingers patterns, I chords on keyboard 

TW200A1 Brilliante ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3
TW200A2 Animato  ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3

level B

LEVEL B – ENERGICO & SPIRITO

○ Energico : young children, Spirito : ages 8+
○ Grand staff, intervals on staff and keyboard, rhythm up to dotted quarter w/eighth, half & whole steps, 5-finger patterns, , I chords on staff and keyboard 

TW200B1 Energico  ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3
TW200B2 Spirito   ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3 

level CD

LEVEL C – CON MOTO  &  LEVEL D - CON BRIO

○ 6/8 meter, order of sharps & flats, key signatures up to 2 sharps, 2 flats, major & minor 5-finger pattern, I chords on the staff & keyboard, rhythmic dictation, and composition
○ Featured composer : J.S. Bach

○ Simple and compound meters, circle of fifths, primary triads and inversions, binary form, 12-bar blues, melodic & harmonic dictation
○ Featured composer : Franz Joseph Haydn 

TW200C Con Moto  ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3 | Video
TW200D Con Brio  ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3

Teacher's Guide

THEORY GYMNASTICS FOR CHILDREN - TEACHER GUIDES

The Teacher Guides were created as a timesaver. They contain the following:

Cranky Hints from the Three Cranky Women
Suggested group activities for each unit
A list of TCW games that apply the concepts the students are learning
Suggested list of listening pages to go along with each unit

Listening List
A list of suggested music for student listening by the featured composer
Theory Gymnastics Answer Key and Listening Resources
Standard answers for the theory and listening pages
Ear-training examples for the listening pages

Testing Resources
Reproducible theory tests and answer keys
Ear-training tests and answer keys
Ear-training examples to administer the test (available free online via the Kjos Multimedia Library) 

LEVEL A & B – ACCELERANDO 1
Concept above in Levels A & B for Children and strategically paced for teens & adults in this volume 
Music-related riddles are included to sustain student interest

TW200T1 Accelerando 1  
► Sample 1 | 2
TW201T1 Accelerando 1 Teacher Guide

LEVEL C & D – ACCELERANDO 2
Concept above in Levels C & D for Children are strategically paced for teens & adults in this volume 
Music trivia helps motivate students 

TW200T2 Accelerando 2  ► Chart
TW201T2 Accelerando 2 Teacher Guide ► Sample 1 | 2 | 3

TCW PROGRESSIVE CHART

Use the chart below as a guideline for students in your studio. Theory Gymnastics is comprehensive and flows smoothly from one level to the next. Since each unit of every book progress from an introductionto complete mastery of a new concept, the units can be studied in any order. Theory Gymnastics is the perfect companion to any piano method.

Progressive Chart

THEORY GYMNASTICS AT THE ADVANCED LEVEL
(FOR ALL AGES)

These books prepare students for the advanced placement (AP) theory exams
Test sheets are included for maximum drill opportunities

TW200E

LEVEL E – CON FUOCO 

○ Major, minor, diminished triads, major scales, major & perfect intervals, rhythms up to 16th notes
○ Overview of musical time periods

TW200E Con Fuoco 

TW200F

LEVEL F – STRETTO 

○ Simple and compound meters, major, minor, diminished, augmented triads, primary & secondary chords with inversions, all intervals
○ Baroque period, forms in music

TW200F Stretto 

TW200G

LEVEL G – PRECISO 

○ All forms of Major and minor scales, primary & secondary triads in major and minor keys, harmonic progressions, seventh chords, cadences, modulation
○ Classical period, forms in music

TW200G Preciso 

TW200H


LEVEL H – APPASSIONATO 

○ Modes, secondary dominants, non-harmonic tones, cadences, harmonic analysis
○ Romantic period, forms in music

TW200H Appassionato 

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