Music Theory Grade 1 - British School Muscat
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Music Theory Grade 1 - British School Muscat

All you need to know to fast track to success with your grade 1 ABRSM theory exam.
3.9 (71 ratings)
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630 students enrolled
Created by Michael Luck
Last updated 11/2015
English
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Work with and use the following basic musical notation:
The stave
Notes & note values
Treble & bass clef
Accidentals
Major scales
Key signatures
Simple time signatures
Single dotted notes
Rests & dotted rests
Adding missing bar lines
Intervals
Tonic triads
Writing a four- bar rhythm
Questions on a melody
Complete a typical examination paper
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Requirements
  • This course provides an introduction to the basic fundamentals of music so you do not need to have any prior knowledge of music theory.
Description

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is particularly suited to students embarking on the grade one ABRSM theory exam. 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 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:30:57
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Welcome and introduction
1 Lecture 03:10
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 03:10
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How to write music notation
4 Lectures 18:21
In this module you will learn about the construction of the stave with bar-lines and the importance of the correct positioning of notes on the lines and spaces.
Preview 02:38

In this module we will be looking at notes and their value. We will also see how to write notes correctly on the stave.
Preview 06:25

In this module you will learn about the treble and bass clefs and their importance when naming notes on the stave.
Preview 04:55

In this module you will learn about accidentals, namely the sharp, flat & natural sign and how they effect the notes they precede.
The accidental
04:23

How to write music notation
13 questions
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The construction of the major scale
3 Lectures 18:36
In this module you will learn about the structure of the C, G, F & D major scales.
The major scale
10:11

In this module you will learn about the format of key signatures for the keys of C, G, D & F major in both treble & bass clef.
Key signatures
03:53

In this module you will learn the meaning of the time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4.
Simple time signatures
04:32

The construction of the major scale
17 questions
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Rhythm variation using dotted notes & rests
2 Lectures 16:59
In this module you will learn about the use and values of the single dotted note.
Single dotted notes
06:21

In this module you will learn about the semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver rests and their dotted equivalents.
Rests & dotted rests
10:38

Dotted notes & rests
17 questions
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Analysis of two & three note forms & use of bar lines
3 Lectures 14:52
In this module you will learn how to add missing bar lines to short melodies in 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 time.
Adding missing bar lines
05:44

In this module you will learn how to count harmonic and melodic intervals between two notes.
Intervals
06:13

In this module you will learn about the tonic triad and how to write a tonic triad on the stave.
Tonic triads
02:55

Intervals, triads & missing bar lines
17 questions
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Understanding rhythms & melodies
3 Lectures 09:32
In this module you will learn the basics of writing rhythms to a given opening. Care must be taken as it's important to understand the time signature before writing your rhythm.
Writing a four-bar rhythm
05:29

In this module you will learn about signs, terms, note values, intervals, tonic triads and note pitches as shown in examples of a short melody.
Questions on a melody
04:03

Writing a four-bar rhythm & general questions
22 questions

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.

Complete this grade 1 examination paper
7 pages
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Review & congratulations
1 Lecture 02:27
Course review & further study.
Course Review
02:27
About the Instructor
Michael Luck
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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.