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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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Created by Michael Luck
Last updated 2/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Work with, understand and use the following musical notation:
Adding missing bar-lines
Adding missing rests
Compound time
Four-bar rhythm
Grouping of notes
Key signature chart
Ledger lines
Questions on a melody
Scales & key signatures
Tonic triads
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  • 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.
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.
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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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:43:13
Welcome & introduction
1 Lecture 02:58

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.

Preview 02:58
GRADE THREE - How to write music notation
3 Lectures 26:47

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

Preview 10:18

This module deals with the use and grouping of rests in a melody.
Adding missing rests

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the structure of compound time.
Compound time

This quiz will test you on missing bar lines, rests and the structure of compound time.
Adding missing bar lines, rests & compound time
9 questions
GRADE THREE - Analysis of notes & rhythm
3 Lectures 20:48
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.
Four-bar rhythm

This module looks in detail at the importance of grouping notes correctly.
Grouping of notes

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

Demi-semiquaver - Four-bar rhythm & Grouping of notes
15 questions
GRADE THREE - Intervals, keys & ledger lines
3 Lectures 23:19
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.
Key signature chart

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.
Ledger lines

In this quiz you will be tested on intervals, the key signature chart & ledger lines.
Intervals - Key Signature Chart - Ledger Lines
15 questions
GRADE THREE - Understanding melodies, scales, transposition & three note forms
4 Lectures 29:21
In this module you will learn some more general points about music notation by studying some simple melodies.
Questions on a melody

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

Scales & key signatures

In this module you will have an understanding of chords starting on the key note otherwise known as tonic triads.
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.

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

Questions on a melody - Scales & Key Signatures - Tonic Triads & Transposition
20 questions
About the Instructor
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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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