Welcome to the British School Muscat - Music Theory Grade 1 course. This course covers the complete syllabus for the ABRSM grade 1 theory exam. Students wishing to sit this exam will gain the necessary knowledge to pass with a high mark but the course is also useful if you just want to brush up on your theory skills. This course is made up of mainly video lectures but at the end of each section you will be expected to take a short quiz which will help you consolidate what you have been taught. At the end of your study you will have an understanding of the stave, notes & note values, the treble & bass clef, accidentals & construction of the major scale. You will also learn about time & key signatures, dotted notes & rests, the bar line, intervals, tonic triads, writing rhythms & general questions on a melody. Many practicing musicians do not take the time to study theory & I feel this is a great mistake. If you understand the basics of the subject it will help you become a better player & this will in turn help you to enjoy music to the full. Most students who complete this course not only enjoy the learning experience but also go on to study at higher levels thus increasing their musical enjoyment. The ABRSM currently operate in over 90 countries around the world so wherever you live there will probably be an opportunity to sit an exam. I hope you enjoy the course & I wish you well with your studies - GOOD LUCK.
Print this typical grade 1 exam paper and try out your new found knowledge. Remember to answer all questions and make sure your work is written clearly and neatly. If you have any difficulties you can always return to your course and recap that subject. GOOD LUCK.
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.