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:
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
Learn how to fit more notes onto the stave using ledger lines, and where to find "middle C".
Sharps, flats and naturals oh my!
Learn the names of the notes on the grade 1 syllabus.
Time names of the rests in music.
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.
The major scales of C, G, F and D.
How to recognise the degrees of the major scale.
Learn the key signatures of C, G, D and F major.
Learn how to measure harmonic and melodic intervals from the keynote, by number.
The tonic triad chord and how it is constructed.
Games and flashcards to help you learn the foreign terms and symbols for this grade.
"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.