Music Theory ABRSM Grade 5 (Intermediate Music Theory )
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Music Theory ABRSM Grade 5 (Intermediate Music Theory )

Learn how to Pass the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory Exam and enjoy the process!
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Pass the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory Exam
  • Understand music notation in four clefs (treble, bass, alto and tenor)
  • Know the major and minor scales in 26 keys
  • Be able to work out intervals and transpose into a different key
  • Understand chords, inversions and basic harmony
  • Know how to construct a simple composition for instrument or voice
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of music theory
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  • You will need to have a basic understanding of written music
  • You should have experience playing an instrument and be able to read music notation

Everything you need to pass ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory with a fantastic result!

What is the ABRSM?

The ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) is an internationally recognised examination board for the full spectrum of music exams. Music theory exams are available in 8 "grades", and grade 5 is an intermediate level. A pass at this level shows that you have a good understanding of music notation, scales, keys, time, intervals, transposition, basic harmony, chords, general knowledge about orchestral instruments, and composition. 

IMPORTANT! The term "GRADE 5" does not refer to a school grade - this is a separate system used by the ABRSM. Grade 1 is beginner level, and grade 8 is advanced - approximately the level of university undergraduate entrance.

The graded music exams can be taken by anyone - they are available in over 93 countries and there are no age restrictions. Grade 5 music theory candidates tend to be aged 12-100! For detailed information about the ABRSM's music exams, please see their website.

Why You Need This Course

I've been specialising in teaching students taking ABRSM music theory exams for over nine years, at all grades. I know the syllabuses inside out, and I also know exactly what problems in understanding students commonly face. 

If you have ever struggled with a wordy music theory text book, been confused by conflicting information, or feel like you don't cover enough theory in your practical lessons to prepare you well enough for your exam, then I believe you will find this course to be a breath of fresh air! Music theory is actually quite logical, and as long as you can read and add up, you can pass your music theory exam with flying colours (or colors, if you are in the USA - this course uses both the UK and USA music terminology, by the way!)

Please take a look at the free preview lectures below to get a taste for the course. I'm always around to answer questions within the course if you need any assistance at any time!

    Recommended age for this course; 10 - adult. Very young students will benefit from watching the videos with an adult.
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anybody who is preparing to sit the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam
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Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 01:07
4 Lectures 21:32



10 Lectures 35:41

Simple Quadruple Time: 4/4, 4/8 and 4/2

3/4 and 6/8

3/8, 9/8, 9/4 and 12/4

3/2, 6/4 and 12/8 - Easily Confused Time Signatures

Triplets and Duplets

Regular and Irregular Time

Adding Time Signatures and Rests

Adding Bar Lines

Changing Simple to Compound Time
Key Signatures
3 Lectures 11:53

Relative Major and Minor Keys

Key Signature Patterns
7 Lectures 11:39
Introduction to Scales

Major Scales

Minor Harmonic Scales

Minor Melodic Scales

Scale Degrees and Technical Names

Minor Scales with Key Signatures

Chromatic Scales
13 Lectures 43:00
What are Intervals?

Naming Intervals - Number

Perfect Intervals

Major Intervals

Minor Intervals

Augmented Intervals

Diminished Intervals

Compound Intervals

Writing Harmonic Unisons

Working Out Intervals

Working Out Tricky Intervals

Intervals in a Musical Score

Don't Make These Five Mistakes!
4 Lectures 16:02
Transposition and Intervals

The Transposing Instruments

Transposing with a Key Signature

Transposing without a Key Signature
2 Lectures 07:34

Transposing Between Clefs
2 Lectures 06:28
What is SATB?

SATB Traps
2 Lectures 12:09
Chords and Triads

Chord Inversions
6 More Sections
About the Instructor
Victoria Williams AmusTCL BA(Mus)
4.8 Average rating
229 Reviews
3,637 Students
12 Courses
Music Theory Specialist - Founder of My Music Theory

"This course was absolutely first rate in every way. Ms. Williams presented the material clearly, thoughtfully, and with an obvious love of teaching. The only way this could possibly have been any better is to have had the privilege of studying with her in person. I'm amazed by how much information I learned -- and in such an enjoyable way! Ms. Williams is someone who not only has a deep understanding of music theory, but a rare and wonderful creativity that makes her such an effective teacher of it. Bravo and thank you!"

Victoria graduated from the University of Leeds in 1995 with a BA Honours in Music, specialising in Musicology. She also holds the AmusTCL diploma in Music Theory, from Trinity College London, with distinction.

Since 2007, Victoria has been teaching music theory online and by email via her acclaimed website MyMusicTheory, offering free music theory tuition following the structured syllabus of the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).

Victoria teaches all ABRSM levels, from grade 1 (beginner) up to grade 8/diploma (undergraduate level) and has an in depth knowledge of both the syllabus requirements and examiners' marking schemes. As well as teaching the ABRSM syllabus, Victoria is equally at home preparing students for the Trinity Guildhall exams, the Australian AMEB exams and the AP Music Theory exams taken in the USA.

Victoria's lessons break the tricky concepts of music and music theory down into easy-to-understand steps. She approaches teaching from the learner's point of view, building up on existing knowledge little by little, and avoids the “baffling with detail" stance taken by traditional music theory text books. She has an outstanding track-record with her students' exam successes, with the vast majority gaining top rated “merits and distinctions" from the ABRSM.

Victoria is an accomplished pianist and clarinettist, holding ABRSM grade 8 in both, and also composes in her free time. She has three children and two crazy cats.