While in school we learn how to read and write English, but when it comes to music, most of us only know how to read it and have little to no idea how it works. That is the point of music theory: to explain how music works.
A great way to begin learning music theory is to learn some basic piano, if you don’t already have keyboard experience. Piano is a particularly useful instrument when it comes to music theory as it allows you to visually see intervals and the structure of the chords that you are playing. Certain concepts such as inversion become much clearer when you have them laid out visually in front of you, and unlike most other instruments, you can essentially reduce any piece of music for examination on the piano.Music theory can greatly improve your versatility as a musician. Don’t think of music theory as a chore, but instead as a useful tool that provides us with a universal communication method for describing Western music.