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Theory and Ear Training

Theory Syllabus (Written Theory) and Keyboard Theory (Ear Training and Items to be Performed at Keyboard)

Check out the ASMTA Sample Written Theory Tests

ASMTA Sample Written Theory Tests

Dr. Susan Tusing’s Music Review Lessons

Dr. Susan Tusing created these companion books for the Theory portion of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association Syllabus and has graciously offered to share them with the membership. Although they were written with the 2001 Theory Syllabus in mind, they are still useful in preparing students for the updated Theory and Keyboard Syllabi. 

Dr. Tusing is a former Arkansas resident who is now Chair of Visual and Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music at Clayton State University in Georgia.

Helpful Theory Resources: 
-Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory by Andrew Surmani, Karen Surmani, and Morton Manus. Published by Alfred. Three levels available in one volume. Teacher Answer Key also available 
-Fundamentals of Piano Theory by Keith Snell and Marth Ashleigh. Levels: Preparatory through 10. Published by Neil A. Kjos 
-Theory Time Series: Workbooks in Levels K though 12. Unbound, reproducible worksheets available. See