Music Theory Grade 1 - British School Muscat

All you need to know to fast track to success with your grade 1 ABRSM theory exam.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course 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.

What are the 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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.

What you get with this course?

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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: How to write music notation
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.
In this module we will be looking at notes and their value. We will also see how to write notes correctly on the stave.
In this module you will learn about the treble and bass clefs and their importance when naming notes on the stave.
In this module you will learn about accidentals, namely the sharp, flat & natural sign and how they effect the notes they precede.
How to write music notation
13 questions
Section 3: The construction of the major scale
In this module you will learn about the structure of the C, G, F & D major scales.
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.
In this module you will learn the meaning of the time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4.
The construction of the major scale
17 questions
Section 4: Rhythm variation using dotted notes & rests
In this module you will learn about the use and values of the single dotted note.
In this module you will learn about the semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver rests and their dotted equivalents.
Dotted notes & rests
17 questions
Section 5: Analysis of two & three note forms & use of bar lines
In this module you will learn how to add missing bar lines to short melodies in 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 time.
In this module you will learn how to count harmonic and melodic intervals between two notes.
In this module you will learn about the tonic triad and how to write a tonic triad on the stave.
Intervals, triads & missing bar lines
17 questions
Section 6: Understanding rhythms & melodies
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.
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.
Writing a four-bar rhythm & general questions
22 questions
7 pages

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.

Section 7: Review & congratulations
Course review & further study.

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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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