Music Theory ABRSM Grade 1 Complete
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Music Theory ABRSM Grade 1 Complete

Pass your ABRSM Grade 1 music theory easily!
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How to pass the ABRSM Grade 1 Music Theory exam with confidence
  • Note values of the semibreve/whole note, minim/half note, crotchet/quarter note, quaver/eighth note and semiquaver/16th note
  • Rests of the same time values
  • Tied notes and dotted notes
  • Simple time signatures 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4
  • Composition of a 2-bar rhythm in answer to a given rhythm
  • Treble and bass clef notes including sharps and flats
  • Major scales and key signatures in the keys of C, G, F and D major
  • Tonic triads in the same four keys
  • Degrees of the scale and intervals above the tonic
  • Frequently used foreign musical terms and symbols including tempo, dynamics and articulation
View Curriculum
  • You should have a little background in reading music at a very basic level.
  • No other special requirements!
  • Not sure which grade you are? Just send me a message and I'll help!

Pass your Grade 1 ABRSM Music Theory Exam with Confidence!

This grade 1 music theory course covers the topics set out on the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) syllabus. This is an entry level exam/course and is ideal if you:

  • have recently begun learning to read printed music
  • are keen to discover more about how music "works"

Knowing music theory is the key to understanding written music so that you can perform it well, and also helps you to composer your own music and gain a deeper appreciation of the music you love to listen to.

The ABRSM has a set of eight graded exams which allow you to learn in a guided, logical way, and you can gain internationally recognised qualifications along the way! Grade 1 is a beginner's level course - the highest level is grade 8, which is roughly equivalent to first year undergraduate level at university.

There are no age/geographical restrictions to taking the ABRSM music theory exams. 

What You Will Learn

Please scroll down for the full curriculum! In a nutshell, this level introduces you to the concepts of reading notes in the treble and bass clefs, the different values of notes and rests, major scales and key signatures (in four easy keys), basic chords, counting intervals, and how to construct and write down musical rhythms. You'll also learn some of the most common symbols and terms used in music.

The course uses both UK and USA terminology for notes (crotchets AND quarter notes!)

What's Included in this Course

  • Free copy of the MyMusicTheory Coursebook PDF. This is a comprehensive coursebook which goes into depth for each topic of the course, providing further examples and explanations. 
  • The PDF includes hundreds of exercises for you to practice your skills (answers provided)
  • The PDF also includes a complete mock test in the style of the real exam
  • Support from your teacher is available via the message board
Who is the target audience?
  • Candidates preparing for the ABRSM grade 1 music theory exam.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
2 Lectures 02:03

Download the PDF Coursebook Here
Reading Music
7 Lectures 14:40

Learn about the treble or G clef.

Preview 01:44

The Bass Clef

Learn how to fit more notes onto the stave using ledger lines, and where to find "middle C".

Ledger Lines and Middle C

Sharps, flats and naturals oh my!


Learn the names of the notes on the grade 1 syllabus.

Time Values of Notes

Time names of the rests in music.

Time Values of Rests

Dotted Notes
Time Signatures Time Groupings
4 Lectures 11:25
Time Signatures

Learn how to join quick notes together in groups correctly, with "beaming".


How to add missing rests correctly in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time.

Adding Rests

Tied Notes
Key and Scales
4 Lectures 09:59

The major scales of C, G, F and D.

Major Scales

How to recognise the degrees of the major scale.

Degrees of the Scale

Learn the key signatures of C, G, D and F major.

Key Signatures

Download the Scales Reference PDF here
Intervals and Triads
2 Lectures 07:43

Learn how to measure harmonic and melodic intervals from the keynote, by number.


The tonic triad chord and how it is constructed.

Tonic Triads
1 Lecture 07:36
Composing a Rhythm
Performance Directions
3 Lectures 08:39

Games and flashcards to help you learn the foreign terms and symbols for this grade.

Foreign Musical Terms, and Symbols


Articulation (Slurs, Staccato etc.)
Useful Resources
3 Lectures 02:36

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About the Instructor
Victoria Williams AmusTCL BA(Mus)
4.8 Average rating
282 Reviews
3,751 Students
12 Courses
Music Theory Specialist - Founder of My Music Theory

"This course was absolutely first rate in every way. Ms. Williams presented the material clearly, thoughtfully, and with an obvious love of teaching. The only way this could possibly have been any better is to have had the privilege of studying with her in person. I'm amazed by how much information I learned -- and in such an enjoyable way! Ms. Williams is someone who not only has a deep understanding of music theory, but a rare and wonderful creativity that makes her such an effective teacher of it. Bravo and thank you!"

Victoria graduated from the University of Leeds in 1995 with a BA Honours in Music, specialising in Musicology. She also holds the AmusTCL diploma in Music Theory, from Trinity College London, with distinction.

Since 2007, Victoria has been teaching music theory online and by email via her acclaimed website MyMusicTheory, offering free music theory tuition following the structured syllabus of the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).

Victoria teaches all ABRSM levels, from grade 1 (beginner) up to grade 8/diploma (undergraduate level) and has an in depth knowledge of both the syllabus requirements and examiners' marking schemes. As well as teaching the ABRSM syllabus, Victoria is equally at home preparing students for the Trinity Guildhall exams, the Australian AMEB exams and the AP Music Theory exams taken in the USA.

Victoria's lessons break the tricky concepts of music and music theory down into easy-to-understand steps. She approaches teaching from the learner's point of view, building up on existing knowledge little by little, and avoids the “baffling with detail" stance taken by traditional music theory text books. She has an outstanding track-record with her students' exam successes, with the vast majority gaining top rated “merits and distinctions" from the ABRSM.

Victoria is an accomplished pianist and clarinettist, holding ABRSM grade 8 in both, and also composes in her free time. She has three children and two crazy cats.