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:
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.
Learn the major scales for this grade.
The minor harmonic scales for this grade are those from grade 2, plus Bm, F#m, C#m, Gm, Cm and Fm.
Learn how to write/recognise key signatures of up to 4 flats/sharps, including using the circle of 5ths.
A quick refresher on how to build tonic triads in any key.
Learn about simple and compound time signatures, and the differences between them.
Find out the correct way to add missing rests.
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.
Flashcards, quizzes and games to help you learn the foreign musical terms and symbols.
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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.