ABRSM Music Theory Grade 2

Study the complete grade 2 ABRSM syllabus. All you need to know to fast track to success with your theory exam.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

This course covers everything you need to know to succeed with your grade 2 ABRSM theory exam. The course consists of video lectures, quizzes and additional work sheets to help you with your study. This course is classed at beginner level and although it would be beneficial to have studied the grade 1 syllabus first it is possible to work through this course with limited music theory knowledge. The course will be a great resource to you if you intend to take an exam or just want to gain that extra knowledge. This grade 2 course provides more detail than that found in the grade 1 syllabus and will extend your knowledge in new areas of work not covered in the earlier grade. With over 60 minutes of video tutorials you will glide through the syllabus with everything being explained clearly and in a concise manner. You can pause the videos at any time to take notes on the notepad provided. You will find additional PDF worksheets to further help with your study. Don't forget at the end of the tutorials to print your completion certificate. If you are a musician why take this course? If you understand the meaning of time, rhythm and musical symbols you will find it is easier and more rewarding when trying to read music. The reading of music will open many doors in your musical journey. You will be able to join other groups of musicians, large or small to enjoy making music together. If you are serious about your musicianship this course is the stepping stone to higher levels and will give you all the necessary skills to continue your study to grade 5 and above.

What are the requirements?

  • This course is a follow on from the grade one course. It would be wise to become proficient at the grade one level before working on this course. However as this is at a beginner level and everything is explained in great detail you shouldn't have too much difficulty completing this course if you have a minimum of theory knowledge.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work with and use the following basic musical notation:
  • Adding missing bar-lines
  • Grouping of notes
  • Ledger lines
  • Key signatures
  • Time signatures
  • Major & minor scales
  • Intervals
  • Tonic triads
  • Triplets
  • Composing four-bar rhythms
  • Questions on a melody

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is particularly suited to students embarking on the grade two ABRSM theory exam. It will also be of benefit to those just wishing to brush up on their theory knowledge. If you are completely new to music theory you are strongly recommended to study the grade one syllabus first.

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Section 1: GRADE TWO - Introduction to the course
Hi, I'm Michael Luck and this lecture gives me an opportunity to explain how to use this course and to make the most of the resources provided.
Section 2: GRADE TWO - How to write music notation

In this module you will learn how to add missing bar-lines to short melodies using the time signatures of 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 & 3/8.


In this module you will learn how to group notes in the time signatures for this grade i.e. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 & 3/8.


In this module you will learn the meaning of the ledger line and how to name notes placed on these lines.

9 questions
In this quiz you will be questioned about adding missing bar lines, grouping of notes and ledger lines.
Section 3: GRADE TWO - The construction of the major & minor scale
In this module you will learn the key signatures required in the grade 2 syllabus i.e. Bb, Eb & A major & A, D & E minor.
In this module you will learn the meaning and use of the following time signatures - 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 & 3/8 time.
In this module you will learn about the construction of the major & minor scales for this grade.
18 questions
In this quiz you will be tested on major & minor key signatures for this grade, time signatures and the naming of major & minor scales.
Section 4: GRADE TWO - Analysis of two & three note forms
In this module you will learn how to work out harmonic & melodic intervals.
In this module you will learn about the construction of tonic triads in the keys for this grade.
In this module you will learn about the meaning & use of the triplet.
19 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on intervals, tonic triads & triplets.

Section 5: GRADE TWO - Understanding rhythms & melodies
In this module you will learn the basics of composing a four-bar rhythm in the time signatures for this grade.
In this module you will learn about questions on a short melody and study the types of questions you may see in an examination.
18 questions
In this quiz you will be tested on composing four-bar rhythms and asked questions on a melody.
Section 6: Review & congratulations
Course review & further study.

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Instructor Biography

Michael Luck, Founder of Music Theory Online

I have been teaching music theory for over 30 years. As a peripatetic music teacher I have helped students of all ages with their theory studies. I can help students studying with any examination board but I mainly teach the ABRSM syllabus. I play saxophone and flute and gained a DipABRSM certificate in performance during 2008. Over the last eight years I have been teaching theory 'one to one' via the internet to students around the world. At present I teach in the UK, Ireland, Australia, USA, South Korea, India, Singapore and Sweden. I have recently started teaching the new LCM (London College of Music) popular theory syllabus. This syllabus is now often used as a prerequisite to enter performing arts universities. I am also a WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee) examiner marking the GCSE exam papers in Wales UK.

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