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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  • Lectures 70
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anybody who is preparing to sit the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Introduction
Preview
01:07
Section 2: Notation
Notation Basics
Preview
02:50
Duration
06:45
Pitch
07:00
Ornaments
04:57
Section 3: Time
Time Signature Secrets
Preview
01:04
Simple Quadruple Time: 4/4, 4/8 and 4/2
02:37
3/4 and 6/8
01:35
3/8, 9/8, 9/4 and 12/4
01:55
3/2, 6/4 and 12/8 - Easily Confused Time Signatures
03:02
Triplets and Duplets
03:10
Regular and Irregular Time
02:30
Adding Time Signatures and Rests
04:20
Adding Bar Lines
06:00
Changing Simple to Compound Time
09:28
Section 4: Key Signatures
Key Signatures and the Circle of 5ths
Preview
06:37
Relative Major and Minor Keys
01:47
Key Signature Patterns
03:29
Section 5: Scales
Introduction to Scales
00:50
Major Scales
02:30
Minor Harmonic Scales
02:04
Minor Melodic Scales
02:01
Scale Degrees and Technical Names
Article
Minor Scales with Key Signatures
01:37
Chromatic Scales
02:13
Section 6: Intervals
What are Intervals?
01:59
Naming Intervals - Number
03:29
Perfect Intervals
03:18
Major Intervals
04:33
Minor Intervals
03:58
Augmented Intervals
04:47
Diminished Intervals
03:33
Compound Intervals
02:00
Writing Harmonic Unisons
01:24
Working Out Intervals
04:00
Working Out Tricky Intervals
03:52
Intervals in a Musical Score
02:38
Don't Make These Five Mistakes!
03:29
Section 7: Transposition
Transposition and Intervals
01:45
The Transposing Instruments
03:54
Transposing with a Key Signature
04:44
Transposing without a Key Signature
05:39
Section 8: Clefs
Clefs
04:06
Transposing Between Clefs
03:28
Section 9: SATB
What is SATB?
03:18
SATB Traps
03:10
Section 10: Chords
Chords and Triads
05:33
Chord Inversions
06:36
Section 11: Cadences
What are Cadences?
04:20
Cadences and Melody
03:45
Cadence Exam Questions
04:23
Section 12: Working Out Key
Key and Key Changes
05:18
Section 13: Composing for an Instrument
The Marking Criteria
06:49
Planning - Six Steps to Success
03:11
Step 1: What Key is it In?
04:27
Step 2: Cadences
07:53
Step 3: Rhythm
07:42
Step 4: Melody
19:17
Step 5: Performance Directions
13:25
Step 6: :Checking
13:24
Students Composition Example
12:54
More Students' Compositions
08:32
Section 14: Composing for Voice
Introduction to the Voice Composition Question
02:11
Verbal Accentuation
02:34
Time and Rhythm
03:54
Key and Harmonic Foundation
05:41
Melody and Wordpainting
03:42
Finishing Touches
01:46
Section 15: The Standard Orchestral Instruments
Instrument Families
Preview
04:20
Instruments Pitch
04:47

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Instructor Biography

Victoria Williams, Music Theory Specialist BA (Mus), 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 in Music, specialising in Musicology.

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 (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.

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