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16 Best Music Theory Books of All Time

Our goal: Find the best Music Theory books according to the internet (not just one random person's opinion).

    Here's what we did:
  1. Type "best music theory books" into our search engine and study the top 5+ pages.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (It was a lot of work. But hey! That's why we're here, right?)

(Updated 2024)

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Last Updated: Monday 1 Jan, 2024

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  1. 1
    Music Theory For Dummies

    Music Theory For Dummies

    Michael Pilhofer

  2. 5
    The Jazz Theory Book
  3. 6
    Music Theory for Computer Musicians
  4. 7
    The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis
  5. 8
    Music Theory
  6. 9
    Music Theory in Practice
  7. 11
    Berklee Music Theory Book 1
  8. 13
    Music Theory, 3E
  9. 15
    Barron's AP Music Theory
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