ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5

All you need to know to fast track to success with the ABRSM theory examinations grade 5
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  • Lectures 33
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course 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.

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

What 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

Section 1: Welcome and introduction
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
Section 2: GRADE FIVE - Cadences, chords & clefs
15:36
Cadences are used at the end of phrases and passages of music. In this module you will be studying the perfect, plagal & imperfect cadence.
08:48
Chords can be in root, 1st & 2nd inversion. In this module we will be looking at all three.
10:30
This module studies both C clefs namely the alto & tenor clef.
9 questions

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

Section 3: GRADE FIVE - Composition
04:14
At the end of this module you will have an understanding on what is required when answering the composition question in an exam.
13:23

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

07:05

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

15 questions

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

Section 4: GRADE FIVE - Enharmonics, Ic - V progression & intervals
07:23
This module looks in detail about the meaning of enharmonics (two notes written differently but sounding the same).
10:59
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.
07:41
The interval chart can be used when working on questions on intervals. This module will analyze its construction.
16:51
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.
9 questions
In this quiz you will be tested on enharmonics, Ic - V progression & intervals.
Section 5: GRADE FIVE - Key signatures, modulation, grouping of notes & the orchestra
08:22
At the end of this module you will be able to construct a 'key signature chart' to help you with your examination questions.
12:29

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

04:15
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.
07:10
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.
9 questions
In this quiz you will be tested on key signatures, modulation & the orchestra.
Section 6: GRADE FIVE - Ornaments, rests & rhythms
06:46
Ornaments are used to embellish melodies. In this module we will look at the ornaments required to be known for this grade.
07:01
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.
11:34
At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use & grouping of rests to complete short melodies.
08:36
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.
10 questions
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.
Section 7: GRADE FIVE - SATB, major, minor & chromatic scales
06:40
SATB means soprano, alto, tenor & bass. We will look at writing these voices in either short or open score.
04:35
SATB means soprano, alto, tenor & bass. We will look at writing these voices in either short or open score.
07:03
This module will provide you with an introduction to writing scales.
12:06
At the end of this module you will be able to construct all major ascending & descending scales.
13:58
At the end of this module you will be able to construct all harmonic & melodic minor ascending & descending scales.
05:53
At the end of this module you will be able to construct a descending or ascending chromatic scale.
12 questions

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

Section 8: GRADE FIVE - Time signatures & technical names
08:14
At the end of this module you will be able to distinguish the difference between simple & compound time & also recognize duple, triple & quadruple time.
05:56
Every degree of a scale has a technical name. In this module you will learn all the technical names of a scale.
05:05

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

16:20
At the end of this module you will be able to recognize time signatures required for this grade.
09:03
At the end of this module you will be able to recognize time signatures required for this grade.
12 questions

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

Section 9: GRADE FIVE - Transposition
14:40
At the end of this module you will be able to transpose a melody up or down the interval of a major 2nd.
12:43
At the end of this module you will be able to transpose a melody up or down the interval of a minor 3rd.
10:53
At the end of this module you will be able to transpose a melody up or down the interval of a perfect 5th.
6 questions
In this quiz you will be tested on transposing a short melody at either a major 2nd, minor 3rd or perfect 5th.

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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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