Music Theory ABRSM Grade 4 Complete
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Ace your music theory for ABRSM Grade 4 with Victoria Williams AmusTCL.
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What Will I Learn?
  • Pass the ABRSM Grade 4 Music Theory exam with confidence.
  • All simple and compound, duple, triple and quadruple time signatures and the grouping of notes within them
  • The breve/double whole note and rest
  • Double dotted notes
  • Duplets and triplets
  • Composition of a 4-bar rhythm from a given opening or to set to a given text
  • The alto clef, and transcription between the treble/bass/alto clefs
  • Double sharps and flats and enharmonic equivalents
  • Major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including five sharps/flats
  • Technical names of diatonic notes
  • The chromatic scale
  • All intervals (major/minor/perfect/augmented/diminished), not exceeding an octave
  • Triads in root position of the tonic, dominant and subdominant
  • Foreign musical terms and symbols including recognising ornaments
  • General knowledge about the standard orchestral instruments
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  • Students should be around ABRSM grade 3 level.
  • This means you should be fairly comfortable reading music in the treble and bass clefs and understand the basics of key and time signatures.
  • Not sure which grade you are? Just send me a message and I'll help!

Grade 4 music theory (ABRSM) is a lower-intermediate level exam offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. 

At this level you will study more complex keys and time signatures, such as scales (major, minor harmonic and minor melodic) with up to five flats/sharps in them, and all regular simple and compound time signatures, including more obscure ones such as 9/16, as well as more advanced rhythmic tools such as triplets and duplets. You'll also learn the chromatic scales.

This grade covers the tonic, dominant and subdominant chords, and intervals between any two notes (major, minor, perfect, augmented and diminished).

You'll learn how to read the alto clef (used by the viola) as well as lots of other facts about the standard orchestral instruments.

Grade 4 is an ideal preparation course if you are thinking about taking grade 5 sometime in the future.

Please note that the grade 4 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 3, so we will also review some topics from grade 3 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

Who is the target audience?
  • Candidates preparing to take the ABRSM Grade 4 music theory exam.
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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
2 Lectures 02:33

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Notation - Writing Music Down
4 Lectures 11:13

A review of accidentals and the rules that they follow, plus a look at double sharps and flats.

Accidentals and Double Sharps and Flats

Time Names of Notes including the Breve (Double Whole Note)

The time values of each rest, including the whole bar rest.

Time Values of Rests and the Whole Bar Rest

Dotted and Double Dotted Notes
Scales and Key
7 Lectures 26:38

Learn the major scales for grade 4; B and Db.

Major Scales

Learn the harmonic minor scales of G# minor and Bb minor.

Minor Harmonic Scales

Minor Melodic Scales

Scale Degrees and Technical Names

Chromatic Scales

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

Key Signatures

Download the Scales Reference PDF here
Intervals and Triads
2 Lectures 14:05

Melodic and harmonic intervals, interval qualities of major, minor, perfect, augmented and diminished.


Learn how to construct the tonic, dominant and subdominant triads

4 Lectures 26:20

Learn about the simple and compound time signatures for grade 4.

Time Signatures


Triplets and Duplets

A review of how to rewrite a rhythm in notes of half or double the value (grades 2-3) plus a detailed look at rewriting a simple time rhythm in a compound time signature, and vice versa.

Rewriting A Rhythm in a New Time Signature (Simple/Compound)
Clefs and Transposition
2 Lectures 08:22
The Alto Clef

Transposing at the unison and at the octave, between the treble, bass and alto clefs.

1 Lecture 03:49

You need to know about the standard orchestral instrument, the families they belong to and the clefs they normally use.

Preview 03:49
Composing a Rhythm
3 Lectures 14:22
Composing a Rhythm Overview

Composing a Rhythm without Text

Composing a Rhythm with Text
Performance Directions
3 Lectures 09:33
Foreign Terms

Articulation is all about the different ways a note can be attacked: slurs, staccato, accents and more.


Mordents, turns, trills, acciaccaturas and appoggiaturas.

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2 Lectures 02:20
About the Instructor
Victoria Williams AmusTCL BA(Mus)
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"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.