Prep 1 Rudiments may be completed together with the UMT Supplemental Workbook Levels.

PREP LEVEL Supplemental Workbook is designed to be completed with the PREP 1 Rudiments.

LEVEL 1 Supplemental Workbook is designed to be completed after both PREP 1 and PREP LEVEL.

Supplemental Books include Melody Writing, History & Much More!


Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook

Prep 1 Workbook and Answer Book

Getting Started with Prep 1. The first of the beginner theory Workbooks is the Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook. The matching Answer Book with hand-written answers is a convenient resource for quick, easy and accurate marking.

The Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook introduces the beginning level of theory for students of all ages beginning as early as age 6 - 8. It is important for your younger student to be able to read and complete the homework assignments on their own.

Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook includes these exclusive BONUS features:

  • Ultimate Music Theory  Guide - Memory Joggers that benefit all learning styles.
  • Ultimate Music Theory Chart - Convenient Summary to review concepts.
  • 12 Comprehensive Review Tests - support retention of concepts learned in previous lessons.
  • 80 Downloadable UMT Flashcards - Vocabulary, Musical Signs, Rhythm & More!

Lesson #1 – The Keyboard & the Musical Alphabet

Lesson #2 – Treble Clef, Bass Clef & Notation

Lesson #3 – Patterns & the Grand Staff

Lesson #4 – Note & Rest Values

Lesson #5 – Time Signature – Simple Time

Lesson #6 – Simple Time – Pulse & Whole Rest

Teaching the new RCM Theory Syllabus starts with Prep 1

Lesson #7 – Semitones or Half Steps & Accidentals

Lesson #8 – Tones, Major Pentascales & Triads

Lesson #9 – Intervals – Harmonic & Melodic

Lesson #10 – Relative Minor Pentascales & Triads

Lesson #11 – Copying Music Correctly

Lesson #12 – Analysis & Musical Terms

Prep 1 -  Lesson Plans

Prep 1 Rudiments Lesson Plans – Whether you are starting to teach or have been teaching for 30 years, teaching the beginner theory book Prep 1 Rudiments may be a students first formal theory class.

Teaching young students or teaching adults, a beginner still needs to have a step-stone method approach to laying down a solid foundation in learning music theory.

Learning only happens when we are having fun and open to learning, regardless of our learning style: Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic. These lesson plans will show you how to teach quickly and effectively and, just as importantly, give you ideas for having fun while teaching.

UMT Tips are in each lesson plan. When we use lesson plans we have the road map to successful teaching. Enjoy your road trip into Prep 1 Rudiments!

Prep 1 Rudiments Lesson Plans include these 6 Tips and MUCH more!

  1. Game Ideas for using the time saving Ultimate Music Theory Whiteboards. No more drawing 5 lines on a piece of paper!
  2. Sight Reading skills build confidence.  At the keyboard, play patterns (same, step and skip) and identify the distance and directions.
  3. Ear Training develops listening skills. At the keyboard, play melodies and have students identify dynamics and articulation.
  4. How to teach Simple Time using the exclusive UMT symbols for understanding rhythm. The Plus + sign and the Tilde ~ sign help you understand pulse (Strong, weak and Medium).
  5. Game Ideas for using the 80 Flashcards. How to play SLAP – a super fun Flashcard Game that your students will love to play.
  6. How to write Pentascales on the Whiteboard and play “1-2-3 Reveal”.
Root Position Triad - Completing Homework - With Support

Lesson Plans for the Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook are divided into 24 Classes. Private lessons may be 15 – 20 min. Group lessons may be 30 – 60 min.

Each class of the 24 Prep 1 Rudiments Lesson Plans outline the:

  • Lesson – Conveniently mapped page numbers for each class.
  • Concepts – Breakdown of theory lesson presented in each class.
  • Teaching Tips – Creative ideas for easy, fun classes that save you time.
  • Homework – Assignment to be completed for successful learning.

Prep 1 - Exam and Answer Pages

Learn to draw a Treble Clef properly

Are you preparing for Prep 2 Rudiments? The Ultimate Music Theory FREE Practice Exam will show you the Way to Score Success!

In preparing for the Prep 2 Rudiments, begin with the FREE Prep 1 Theory Exam to assess your learning.

Here are 10 Tips for successful completion of the Prep 1 Rudiments Exam.

These 10 UMT Tips are included in the FREE Practice Exam. Theory Tips are essential for building knowledge and confidence.

READ the UMT Tips before completing each question in the Free Practice Exam. Good Luck with your Prep 1 Rudiments Exam!

The Prep 1 Rudiments Exam Answer Pages provide quick, easy and accurate marking. Spend more time teaching – And less time marking exams.

Prep 1 - Certificate of Achievement

Prep 1 Rudiments Certificate

Download the Certificate of Achievement for your students when they complete the Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook.

Personalize it, Print it and Present it.

Students of all ages will appreciate being recognized for their accomplishments with the Certificate of Achievement!

Goal Setting is the greatest motivation for achievement. Set goals for each lesson as you work through the Ultimate Music Theory Workbook Series. Celebrate each accomplishment. Upon completing each workbook, celebrate with the Certificate of Achievement.


Prep 1 Music Theory Student Pack is the Way To Score Success!

This all-in-one Prep 1 Music Theory Student Pack contains everything you need!

  • Workbook (9 x 12) coil bound - includes 80 Free Flashcards
  • Small Whiteboard (11 x 16) - dry-erase marker and dry-eraser
  • Keyboard/Circle of Fifths Ruler - clips inside of Workbook
  • Tote bag (18 x 14) - Perfect size for your Workbook, Flashcards, Whiteboard, Ruler and more!


Use the  Ultimate Music Theory Theory Flashcards App – with 6 Subjects and Over 7000 Flashcards including audio!

  • LEARN FASTER – Use on any device, phone, tablet, computer
  • EXPLORE – Identify written & audio notation
  • PLAY – Sight Reading and Ear Training Games and much More!

Students will LOVE hearing exact pitch and pronunciation of terms.

Students will be INSPIRED to use their imagination while building a foundation in Ear Training and Sight Reading.

The One and ONLY Music Theory App & Matching Workbook!

Although thousands of hours are spent writing and proofing each book in the Ultimate Music Theory Series of Workbooks and Answer Books, sometimes printing and proofing errors occur.

The Prep 1 Rudiments Errata Pages show corrections for the Ultimate Music Theory Prep 1 Rudiments Workbook and Answer Book.

Download Prep 1 Errata Pages – Workbook and Answer Book

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We'd love to hear from you!  The GSG MUSIC Team.

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