Music Theory ABRSM Grade 2 Complete
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Music Theory ABRSM Grade 2 Complete

Pass your ABRSM grade 2 music theory exam with confidence!
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Pass the ABRSM grade 2 music theory exam with confidence.
  • The simple time signatures of 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 and 3/8 and grouping of notes/rests in these time signatures
  • Triplets
  • Composition of a simple 4-bar rhythm from a given opening
  • Minor harmonic and minor melodic scales
  • Scales and key signatures in the keys of A, Bb and Eb major, and A, E and D minor
  • Tonic triads in the same keys
  • Intervals above the tonic by number
  • Foreign musical terms and symbols
View Curriculum
  • Students should have passed ABRSM grade 1 music theory or be at the same level
  • You should be able to read notes in the treble and bass clefs, and have a basic understanding of the major scales of C, G, D and F.
  • Not sure which grade you are? Just send me a message and I'll help!

Grade 2 Music Theory is the second level of exams offered by the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).

This course is ideal if you are reasonably confident in reading simple music pieces, and would like to expand your knowledge into a deeper understanding of how music works.

You do not need to have passed grade 1 to take this course!

This level covers the major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales, key signatures and triads in the keys of A, Bb and Eb major and A, E and D minor (plus revision of the keys from grade 1 - C, G, D and F major).

You'll learn about slightly more complex rhythmic concepts, such as time signatures with a minim/half note beat (2/2, 3/2 and 4/2) and the triplet.

The course includes:

  • Free comprehensive coursebook PDF with more examples and explanations
  • The PDF includes hundreds of practice exercises (answers included)
  • PDF also includes a mock test in the style of the exam
  • Support from your teacher

The course uses both UK and USA note terminology (crotchet AND quarter note).

Please note that the grade 2 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 1, so we will also review some topics from grade 1 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

Who is the target audience?
  • Candidates preparing for ABRSM grade 2 music theory
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
2 Lectures 02:07

Download the PDF Coursebook Here
1. Notation
4 Lectures 08:14

Learn the names of the notes on the grade 2 syllabus.

Time Values of Notes

Time Values of Rests

Dotted Notes (revision from grade 1)
Scales and Key Signatures
6 Lectures 16:00

The new scales for grade 2 are A, Bb and Eb major.

Major Scales

Learn the minor harmonic scales of A minor, D minor and E minor.

Minor Harmonic Scales

Minor Melodic Scales

Understand the degrees of the scale in major and minor keys.

Degrees of the Scale

Learn how to write/recognise the major and minor key signatures for grade 2.

Key Signatures

Download the Scales Reference PDF here
Time Signatures and Note Groupings
6 Lectures 23:38
Time Signatures

Here are the rules about beaming (joining) notes together in groups.


Learn the correct way to add missing rests.

Adding Rests

Rewriting A Rhythm in a New Time Signature

Find out all about how triplets work.


Tied Notes (revision from grade 1)
Triads and Intervals
2 Lectures 07:56

Tonic triads and how they are constructed in each key.

Tonic Triads

How to measure melodic and harmonic intervals.

1 Lecture 07:17
Composing a Rhythm
Performance Directions
3 Lectures 08:45

Test, flashcards and games covering all the terms and symbols for grade 2.

Symbols and Foreign Musical Terms


Articulation (Slurs, Staccato etc.)
Useful Resources
3 Lectures 02:38

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About the Instructor
Victoria Williams AmusTCL BA(Mus)
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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.