Music Theory ABRSM Grade 3 Complete
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Music Theory ABRSM Grade 3 Complete

Pass your ABRSM Grade 3 Music Theory exam with ease.
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Take and pass ABRSM grade 3 music theory with confidence
  • Compound time signatures of 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 and the grouping of notes within them
  • The demisemiquaver/32nd note and rest
  • Composition of a 4-bar rhythm from a given opening
  • Transposition of a melody from treble to bass clef (or vice versa) at the octave
  • Scales and key signatures in all keys up to four flats/sharps
  • Major, minor harmonic and minor melodic scales
  • Tonic triads in the keys for this grade
  • Intervals above the tonic by number and quality
  • Musical foreign terms and symbols
View Curriculum
  • You should be around ABRSM Grade 2 music theory
  • You should have basic understanding of reading music with key signatures.
  • Not sure which grade you are? Just send me a message and I'll help!

The third level of ABRSM Music Theory exams is ideal for anyone who has a fair understanding of scales, keys  and time signatures that are reasonably simple. 

At grade 3, we delve deeper into the slightly more complex topics such as keys with up to 4 flats or sharps in them, harmonic and melodic minor scales, and simple and compound time signatures (6/8, 9/8 and 12/8).

We'll also review some of the topics from the lower grades which cause the most difficulty, such as beaming notes together in groups.

Please note that the grade 3 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 2, so we will also review some topics from grade 2 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

The course includes:

  • PDF coursebook with comprehensive explanations and examples of each topic
  • PDF includes hundreds of practice exercises (answers included)
  • PDF also includes a full mock test based on the style of the real exam
  • Apps and quizzes for learning the foreign musical terms for this grade.
  • Teacher support via the messaging board

Reference materials include all the foreign terms you need for grade 3, including those learned at grades 1 and 2, as the syllabus is cumulative, plus complete examples of all scales in both treble and bass clefs.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is aimed at candidates preparing to take the ABRSM grade 3 music theory exam.
  • It is also suitable for candidates working towards ABRSM grade 5 who need to revise the basics.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
2 Lectures 01:59

Download the PDF Coursebook Here
4 Lectures 08:35

Time Names of Notes

Names of the rests and how the whole bar rest works.

Time Names of Rests and the Whole Bar Rest

Scales and Key
6 Lectures 21:17

Learn the major scales for this grade.

Major Scales

The minor harmonic scales for this grade are those from grade 2, plus Bm, F#m, C#m, Gm, Cm and Fm.

Minor Harmonic Scales

Minor Melodic Scales

Learn how to write/recognise key signatures of up to 4 flats/sharps, including using the circle of 5ths.

Key Signatures

A quick refresher on how to build tonic triads in any key.

Tonic Triads (revision from grade 2)

Download the Scales Reference PDF here
4 Lectures 20:20

Learn about simple and compound time signatures, and the differences between them.

Time Signatures


Find out the correct way to add missing rests.

Adding Rests

Triplets (revision from grade 2)
Intervals and Transposition
2 Lectures 09:36

Learn the harmonic and melodic intervals including interval qualities of major, minor and perfect.


How to transpose a melody between clefs (treble and bass) at the octave.

Composing a Rhythm
1 Lecture 08:08
Composing a Rhythm
Performance Directions
2 Lectures 05:36

Flashcards, quizzes and games to help you learn the foreign musical terms and symbols.

Foreign Musical Terms, and Symbols

Articulation (Slurs, Staccato etc.)
Useful Resources
2 Lectures 02:21

BONUS Section!!!
About the Instructor
Victoria Williams AmusTCL BA(Mus)
4.7 Average rating
281 Reviews
3,744 Students
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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.