i am teaching myself music theory to help get ahead in the AP class im taking next year. what order should i go about learning each concept? i am already familiar with what you would know after 7 years of violin and piano playing
The usual order, which you can find by perusing the table of contents in music theory textbooks or on musictheory.net, is something like this:
- Rhythm and Meter
- Keys, Scales, Modes
- Chord Progressions
In my opinion the best that you can do after seven years playing violin and piano is to try to analyze the music-pieces you have played until now (harmonically, formally) and to transpose them in all keys.
By this approach you’re starting with your repertoire and you will discover what’s lacking and assimilate new knowledge in all directions.
Main points are: circle of fifths and functional harmony.