Reap the practical benefits of mastering your music theory.
What’s worse than getting lost in a dark forest at night? The consensus among harpists seems to be that learning music theory is worse than getting lost in any number of dark forests.
I took six semesters of music theory in college and I struggled. My impression is that I’m not alone—most people struggle with music theory. My comprehension of chords, key signatures, and harmonic progressions developed slowly, and I received partial credit on enough homework assignments to make me seriously question my abilities. Only now, half a dozen years later, can I see why my music school required those classes; as a professional harpist I use those music theory skills every day.