ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5
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ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5

All you need to know to fast track to success with the ABRSM theory examinations grade 5
3.8 (3 ratings)
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Created by Michael Luck
Last updated 5/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Work with, understand and use the following musical notation:
  • Cadences
  • Chords
  • Clefs
  • Composition
  • Eharmonics
  • Ic - V progression
  • Intervals
  • Key signature chart
  • Modulation
  • Grouping of notes
  • The orchestra
  • Ornaments
  • Rests
  • Re-write rhythm
  • SATB
  • The major scale
  • The minor scale
  • The chromatic scale
  • Simple & compound time
  • Technical names
  • Time signatures
  • Transposition
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Requirements
  • This course provides information on the basic fundementals of music notation from grade 1 to a higher level of grade 5. It is recommended for those new to the subject to work through grades 1 to 4 before attempting grade 5.
Description

This course of instruction covers the grade 5 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 cadences, chords, clefs, composition, key signatures, modulation, ornaments, SATB, technical names, time signatures and transposition 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 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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is particularly suited to students embarking on ABRSM grade 5 theory exams. 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 33 Lectures Collapse All 33 Lectures 05:03:08
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Welcome and introduction
1 Lecture 01:16
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.Introduction
Preview 01:16
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GRADE FIVE - Cadences, chords & clefs
3 Lectures 34:54
Cadences are used at the end of phrases and passages of music. In this module you will be studying the perfect, plagal & imperfect cadence.
Preview 15:36

Chords can be in root, 1st & 2nd inversion. In this module we will be looking at all three.
Chords
08:48

This module studies both C clefs namely the alto & tenor clef.
Clefs
10:30

In this quiz you will be tested on cadences, chords & clefs.

Cadences - chords & clefs
9 questions
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GRADE FIVE - Composition
3 Lectures 24:42
At the end of this module you will have an understanding on what is required when answering the composition question in an exam.
Composition - overview
04:14

This module looks in detail at a typical question and provides key ideas on how to provide your answer.

Composition - example 1
13:23

This module looks in detail at a typical question and provides key ideas on how to provide your answer.

Composition - example 2
07:05

In this quiz you will be asked questions on how to compose an eight bar melody.

Composition
15 questions
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GRADE FIVE - Enharmonics, Ic - V progression & intervals
4 Lectures 42:54
This module looks in detail about the meaning of enharmonics (two notes written differently but sounding the same).
Preview 07:23

At the end of this module you will be familiar with the chord progression Ic - V which is so common it's called the cadential 6/4. You will also learn how to find this progression in a short musical passage.
Ic - V progression
10:59

The interval chart can be used when working on questions on intervals. This module will analyze its construction.
Interval chart
07:41

Intervals can be harmonic or melodic & major, minor, diminished, augmented or perfect. This module will teach you how to distinguish each one & therefore help you with your examination questions.
Intervals
16:51

In this quiz you will be tested on enharmonics, Ic - V progression & intervals.
Enharmonics - Ic - V progression & intervals
9 questions
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GRADE FIVE - Key signatures, modulation, grouping of notes & the orchestra
4 Lectures 32:16
At the end of this module you will be able to construct a 'key signature chart' to help you with your examination questions.
Preview 08:22

Modulation means to change key. This module analyzes how keys change & gives instruction on how to find the new modulation.

Modulation
12:29

Musical notes must be grouped together properly to make reading music easier & clearer. This module will teach you how notes are grouped in a range of key signatures.
Grouping of notes
04:15

At the end of this module you will have a general knowledge of instruments of the standard orchestra which will include instruments belonging to the string, woodwind, brass & percussion families.
The orchestra
07:10

In this quiz you will be tested on key signatures, modulation & the orchestra.
Key signatures - Modulation - Orchestra
9 questions
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GRADE FIVE - Ornaments, rests & rhythms
4 Lectures 33:57
Ornaments are used to embellish melodies. In this module we will look at the ornaments required to be known for this grade.
Preview 06:46

At the end of this module we would have recapped the subject of rests to help with the following questions that will appear in the next module.
Rests overview
07:01

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use & grouping of rests to complete short melodies.
Rests worked examples
11:34

In this module you will learn how to re-write a rhythm from either simple time to compound time or, compound time to simple time without altering the rhythmic effect.
Re-write rhythm
08:36

In this quiz you will be tested on ornaments, rests and re-writing a rhythm from either simple time to compound time or compound time to simple time.
Ornaments - rests - re-write rhythm
10 questions
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GRADE FIVE - SATB, major, minor & chromatic scales
6 Lectures 50:15
SATB means soprano, alto, tenor & bass. We will look at writing these voices in either short or open score.
Preview 06:40

SATB means soprano, alto, tenor & bass. We will look at writing these voices in either short or open score.
SATB part II
04:35

This module will provide you with an introduction to writing scales.
Scales - introduction
07:03

At the end of this module you will be able to construct all major ascending & descending scales.
Scales - major
12:06

At the end of this module you will be able to construct all harmonic & melodic minor ascending & descending scales.
Scales - minor
13:58

At the end of this module you will be able to construct a descending or ascending chromatic scale.
Scales - chromatic
05:53

In this quiz you will be tested on SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass) & the major, minor & chromatic scales.

SATB - Major, minor & chromatic scales.
12 questions
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GRADE FIVE - Time signatures & technical names
5 Lectures 44:38
At the end of this module you will be able to distinguish the difference between simple & compound time & also recognize duple, triple & quadruple time.
Preview 08:14

Every degree of a scale has a technical name. In this module you will learn all the technical names of a scale.
Technical names
05:56

This module will help you understand the key principles of time signatures.

Time signatures - introduction
05:05

At the end of this module you will be able to recognize time signatures required for this grade.
Time signatures - part I
16:20

At the end of this module you will be able to recognize time signatures required for this grade.
Time signatures - part II
09:03

In this quiz you will be tested on simple & compound time the meaning of technical names & time signatures.

Simple & compound time - technical names - time signatures.
12 questions
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GRADE FIVE - Transposition
3 Lectures 38:16
At the end of this module you will be able to transpose a melody up or down the interval of a major 2nd.
Transposition - major 2nd
14:40

At the end of this module you will be able to transpose a melody up or down the interval of a minor 3rd.
Transposition - minor 3rd
12:43

At the end of this module you will be able to transpose a melody up or down the interval of a perfect 5th.
Transposition - perfect 5th
10:53

In this quiz you will be tested on transposing a short melody at either a major 2nd, minor 3rd or perfect 5th.
Transposition at a major 2nd, minor 3rd & perfect 5th.
6 questions
About the Instructor
Michael Luck
4.2 Average rating
175 Reviews
1,736 Students
7 Courses
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.