Wen Bin Ong

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Sara Ernst


The purpose of this study is to provide a content analysis and comparison between the selected theory methods by North American and Malaysian authors for the young beginning pianists (age 4 – 6). The selected North American theory methods are Prep Course for the Young Beginner and My First Piano Adventure for the Young Beginner while the Malaysian theory methods are Music Theory Made Easy for Kids and Music Theory for Young Children.

This study is comprised of four chapters, a bibliography, and an appendix. Chapter one provides a brief overview of the study, which consists of an introduction to the topic, need and purpose for the study, limitations, related literature, and methodology. Chapter two presents the content analysis. Each theory method is reviewed and analyzed based on its scope and design, content progression, and activity structure. Chapter three includes a discussion and comparison of the content analysis between the theory methods. Chapter four concludes the study with a summary and recommendations for further study. The summary of this study identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each theory method. A suggested curricular outline with a minimum scope is presented for future theory method publication for young pianists.