ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music - love it and pass your exam!

Learn everything you need to know to pass the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory exam, explained to you by a well-qualified expert.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • Music manuscript paper & pencil
  • Past exam papers for ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music (recommended).
  • Learn all major and minor key signatures (recommended).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have the knowledge and understanding to pass ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music.
  • Learn some fundamentals of classical Theory of Music.

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who need to sit the ABRSM Grade Theory of Music exam.
  • Students who play a musical instrument (especially classical style) who want to understand more about the 'language' of Music.
  • Anyone interested in basic classical harmony and chords.
  • Anyone who enjoys listening to classical music and wants to learn more about how it 'works'.
  • Anyone who wants to improve their music reading skills.
  • This course is not suitable for absolute beginner musicians.

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Musical Intervals
Irregular time signatures, changes of time signature.
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.

Vocal scores.
Composing melodies.

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Instructor Biography

David Shoukry MA (Oxon), PGCE, Musician and music theory expert

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.

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