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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!
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|Section 1: Introduction|
|Section 2: Notation|
|Section 3: Time|
Time Signature SecretsPreview
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
|Section 4: Key Signatures|
Key Signatures and the Circle of 5thsPreview
Relative Major and Minor Keys
Key Signature Patterns
|Section 5: Scales|
Introduction to Scales
Minor Harmonic Scales
Minor Melodic Scales
Scale Degrees and Technical Names
Minor Scales with Key Signatures
|Section 6: Intervals|
What are Intervals?
Naming Intervals - Number
Writing Harmonic Unisons
Working Out Intervals
Working Out Tricky Intervals
Intervals in a Musical Score
Don't Make These Five Mistakes!
|Section 7: Transposition|
Transposition and Intervals
The Transposing Instruments
Transposing with a Key Signature
Transposing without a Key Signature
|Section 8: Clefs|
Transposing Between Clefs
|Section 9: SATB|
What is SATB?
|Section 10: Chords|
Chords and Triads
|Section 11: Cadences|
What are Cadences?
Cadences and Melody
Cadence Exam Questions
|Section 12: Working Out Key|
Key and Key Changes
|Section 13: Composing for an Instrument|
The Marking Criteria
Planning - Six Steps to Success
Step 1: What Key is it In?
Step 2: Cadences
Step 3: Rhythm
Step 4: Melody
Step 5: Performance Directions
Step 6: :Checking
Students Composition Example
More Students' Compositions
|Section 14: Composing for Voice|
Introduction to the Voice Composition Question
Time and Rhythm
Key and Harmonic Foundation
Melody and Wordpainting
|Section 15: The Standard Orchestral Instruments|
"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.