Also available: Getting Started with Aural
These books do exactly what they say on the cover - get you started with some basic principals in both aural and theory. The very first topic in the theory book uses graphic notation and encourages the pupil to experiment with either the voice or an instrument to link the sound with the symbols on the page. The aural book kicks off with some really basic (but often overlooked) listening exercises and then uses the CD to shape listening patterns. This systematic approach is taken right through both books. They are not linked directly to an exam syllabus but the relevant subjects are all started on here.
From the Publisher
The Getting Started series offers step-by-step guides which introduce key skills to the beginner musician and in turn enables teachers to cover all aspects of music in a time-limited lesson. Getting Started with Theory is an enjoyable introduction from beginners up to approximately Grade 2. Have fun working out how the pieces you play are written and learn through lots of fun exercises. Your theory will keep pace with your playing ability and exams will be an easy and logical step! Designed to be used alongside instrumental/singing lessons, this book is packed with activities to do at home as part of practice time.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).