ABRSM Music Theory Grade 3

All you need to know to fast track to success with the ABRSM theory examinations grade 3.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

This course of instruction covers the grades 3 ABRSM theory syllabus in full. Within the syllabus you will be shown the basic principles of music theory covering key areas which will enhance your understanding and lay the foundations for study at higher levels. The learning modules cover accidentals, adding missing bar lines, intervals, key signatures, major scales, notes & note values, questions on a melody, simple time signatures, single dotted notes & rests, the stave, tonic triads, treble & bass clef and writing a rhythm to name but a few. The majority of the course is delivered via video tuition. However after each module you can test yourself with the end of section quiz. Some of the modules also have links to additional information and worksheets. This course will provide you with a fast track opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge to pass the graded theory exams. This knowledge will open up many doors for aspiring musicians. If you acquire a certain amount of understanding of the 'nuts and bolts' of theory you will be able to learn to read music with ease. Having an understanding of theory will increase your opportunities of playing music with others. If you read music you can join local groups, bands or orchestra's and enjoy playing with like minded musicians. If you need to gain your grade 1 - 5 ABRSM theory exam or if you just wish to brush up on your theory knowledge, this course if for you. ABRSM currently works in over 90 different countries around the world so there is probably the opportunity for you to sit an exam wherever you maybe in the world.

What are the requirements?

  • As this subject material is at the intermediate level it is recommended that you study grades 1 & 2 before attempting this course. However if you have some musical knowledge you will find this course useful with your music study.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work with, understand and use the following musical notation:
  • Adding missing bar-lines
  • Adding missing rests
  • Compound time
  • Demi-semiquaver
  • Four-bar rhythm
  • Grouping of notes
  • Intervals
  • Key signature chart
  • Ledger lines
  • Questions on a melody
  • Scales & key signatures
  • Tonic triads
  • Transposition

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is particularly suited to students embarking on ABRSM grade 3 examinations. It will also be of benefit to those just wishing to brush up on their theory knowledge.

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Section 1: Welcome & introduction

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 THREE - How to write music notation

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the importance and placement of the bar line.

This module deals with the use and grouping of rests in a melody.
At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the structure of compound time.
9 questions
This quiz will test you on missing bar lines, rests and the structure of compound time.
Section 3: GRADE THREE - Analysis of notes & rhythm
In this module we will look in detail at the demi-semiquaver.
At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the format of a four-bar rhythm.
This module looks in detail at the importance of grouping notes correctly.
15 questions

This quiz will test you on your knowledge of the demi-semiquaver, four-bar rhythms & grouping of notes.

Section 4: GRADE THREE - Intervals, keys & ledger lines
Intervals are the distance between two notes. At the end of this module you will be able to identify intervals and state if they are major, minor, diminished, perfect or augmented.
This module will help you to remember all the key signatures major & minor required for this grade.
Ledger lines are an extension of the stave. In this module you will see how useful ledger lines are and be aware of the letter name of notes placed upon them.
15 questions
In this quiz you will be tested on intervals, the key signature chart & ledger lines.
Section 5: GRADE THREE - Understanding melodies, scales, transposition & three note forms
In this module you will learn some more general points about music notation by studying some simple melodies.

In this module you will learn about scales and required key signatures for this grade.

In this module you will have an understanding of chords starting on the key note otherwise known as tonic triads.
Transposition is used to allow instruments of different pitch to play together using similar sounds & pitches. In this module you will learn how to transpose short melodies.
20 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on your knowledge of melodies, scales, tonic triads & transposition.

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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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