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This course teaches you about theory of Music, and will prepare you for success in the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music exam. If you learn a musical instrument and have completed a Grade 5 practical exam, you'll need to pass Grade 5 Theory of Music before you can progress to Grade 6, 7 or 8 practical exams.
There is plenty of subject-specific terminology in the course, but this is covered as we progress.
The course includes video lectures and pdf handouts.
The course should take about 2 hours to complete just from the videos, but 5-6 if you use other resources too.
Grade 5 Theory of Music is sometimes thought of as a 'stumbling block' for some musicians, and it can appear a bit 'dry' and academic. This course presents the material in an engaging way and will help you be successful in the exam.
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Irregular time signatures, changes of time signature.Preview
The Tenor Clef
Music using all 4 clefs.
Triplets, duplets and more complex rhythmic patterns.
Major and minor key signatures with 6 sharps or flats.
Identifying and naming chords and their inversions.
Cadences in the keys of C, G, D and F major.
Identify and analyse the trill, turn, mordent and other ornaments used in classical music.
I have 17 years' experience as a Music Teacher and Head of Department in high schools in the UK and abroad, and am passionate about my subject. I studied for my Music degrees at Oxford University and my postgraduate teaching degrees at Surrey and Leicester Universities. I work in the UK as a freelance music teacher and photographer, and I'm a husband and father.