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This course of instruction covers the grade 4 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 4 - 5 ABRSM theory exam or if you just wish to brush up on your theory knowledge, this course is 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.
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|Section 1: Welcome and 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 FOUR - Clefs, the breve & chromatic scale|
|At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use of the Alto clef.|
|In this module we look at the use & time value of the note called the breve.|
|The chromatic scale moves in steps of semitones. At the end of this module you will know how to construct chromatic scales starting on any given note.|
|Quiz 1||8 questions|
In this quiz you will be tested on the alto clef, the breve & chromatic scale.
|Section 3: GRADE FOUR - Notes, accidentals, duplets & enharmonics|
|At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use and value of double dotted notes.Double dotted notes|
|Double sharps & flats raise or lower notes by a tone. At the end of this module you will have an understanding of their use and meaning.|
|At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use of the duplet sign.|
|This module looks in detail about the meaning of enharmonics (two notes written differently but sounding the same).|
|Quiz 2||20 questions|
|In this quiz you will be tested on double dotted notes, double sharps & flats, the duplet & enharmonics.|
|Section 4: GRADE FOUR - Rhythms, groups & intervals|
|At the end of this module you will have more experience in how to write simple four-bar rhythms.|
|The correct grouping of notes is often forgotten when writing music notation. In this module we will look in detail of how notes are grouped correctly using a series of different time signatures.|
|At the end of this module you will be able to construct an 'interval chart' for use when working out the interval of two notes.|
|This module looks at intervals and shows the difference between the major, minor, diminished, augmented & perfect interval.|
|Quiz 3||21 questions|
|In this quiz you will be tested on four-bar rhythms - grouping of notes - interval chart - intervals.|
|Section 5: GRADE FOUR - Ornaments, melodies & rests|
|Ornaments allow for embellishments within a melody. In this module we will be learning the ornaments for this grade.|
|At the end of this module you will have a greater understanding of musical notation by analyzing short melodies.|
|In this module we will study the use and value of rests.|
|In this module we will study the use and value of rests.|
|Quiz 4||19 questions|
|In this quiz you will be tested on ornaments, questions on a melody & rests.|
|Section 6: GRADE FOUR - Major & minor scales|
|This module provides you with an introduction to the major & minor scales & shows the important aspects of each.|
|At the end of this module you will be able to name & write the major ascending & descending scales for this grade.|
|At the end of this module you will be able to name & write the harmonic & melodic minor ascending & descending scales for this grade.|
|Quiz 5||14 questions|
|In this quiz you will be tested on the major & harmonic & melodic minor scale.|
|Section 7: GRADE FOUR - Technical names, time signatures & triads|
|Every degree of a scale has a technical name. At the end of this module you will be able to name every degree.|
|At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the time signatures for this grade.|
|This module looks at the different types of major & minor triads.|
|Quiz 6||23 questions|
|In this quiz you will be tested on technical names, time signatures & triads.|
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.