- Aug 8, 2017
As others have said, it is not about difficulty, but about demand, or usefulness of large numbers of people with these qualifications.You laugh, but I can assure you, passing an engineering semester course is far easier than learning to play a difficult Beethoven sonata. The numbers of people who can do one or the other bear this out too. How many concert pianists are there in the world? I reckon that first-year algebra or discrete maths is easier than grade 6 (done by schoolchildren) music theory; I shudder to think how much harder the music theory done at university must be. Do you know how complicated harmony is?
One thing you'll notice about classically trained musicians in general, and classically trained pianists and organists especially, is how fast their minds work; you have got to have a fast mind to interpret two sets of staff lines full of chords and other symbols, in real time (and organists have at least three sets of staff lines depending on the number if manuals on the organ - they play with their feet too). These people are SMART.
As for music theory being difficult, I'm sure it is. But if grade 6 is taught to school children, it must tell you something about it's relative difficulty, doesn't it?