This course of instruction covers the grades 1 - 5 ABRSM theory syllabus in full. Within the syllabus you will be shown the basic principles of music theory covering key areas which will enhance your understanding and lay the foundations for study at higher levels. The learning modules cover accidentals, adding missing bar lines, intervals, key signatures, major scales, notes & note values, questions on a melody, simple time signatures, single dotted notes & rests, the stave, tonic triads, treble & bass clef and writing a rhythm to name but a few. The majority of the course is delivered via video tuition. However after each module you can test yourself with the end of section quiz. Some of the modules also have links to additional information and worksheets. This course will provide you with a fast track opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge to pass the graded theory exams. This knowledge will open up many doors for aspiring musicians. If you acquire a certain amount of understanding of the 'nuts and bolts' of theory you will be able to learn to read music with ease. Having an understanding of theory will increase your opportunities of playing music with others. If you read music you can join local groups, bands or orchestra's and enjoy playing with like minded musicians. If you need to gain your grade 1 - 5 ABRSM theory exam or if you just wish to brush up on your theory knowledge, this course if for you. ABRSM currently works in over 90 different countries around the world so there is probably the opportunity for you to sit an exam wherever you maybe in the world.
In this module you will learn about the construction of the stave with bar-lines and the importance of the correct positioning of notes on the lines and spaces.
In this module we will be looking at notes and their value. We will also see how to write notes correctly on the stave.
In this module you will learn about accidentals, namely the sharp, flat & natural sign and how they effect the notes they precede.
The stave, notes & note values, treble & bass clef, the accidental.
In this module you will learn about the structure of the C, G, F & D major scales.
In this module you will learn about the format of key signatures for the keys of C, G, D & F major in both treble & bass clef.
In this module you will learn about the use and values of the single dotted note.
In this module you will learn how to add missing bar lines to short melodies in 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 time.
In this module you will learn about the tonic triad and how to write a tonic triad on the stave.
Tonic triads, intervals & missing bar lines
In this module you will learn about signs, terms, note values, intervals, tonic triads and note pitches as shown in examples of a short melody.
In this module you will learn how to add missing bar lines to short melodies in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 & 3/8 time.
In this module you will learn how to group notes in the time signatures for this grade i.e. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 & 3/8.
In this module you will learn the meaning of the ledger line and how to name notes placed on these lines.
In this quiz you will be questioned about adding missing bar lines, grouping of notes and ledger lines.
In this module you will learn the key signatures required in the grade 2 syllabus i.e. Bb, Eb & A major & A, D & E minor.
In this module you will learn the meaning and use of the following time signatures - 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 & 3/8 time.
In this module you will learn about the construction of the major & minor scales for this grade.
In this quiz you will be tested on major & minor key signatures for this grade, time signatures and the naming of major & minor scales.
In this module you will learn how to work out harmonic & melodic intervals.
In this module you will learn about the construction of tonic triads in the keys for this grade.
In this module you will learn about the meaning & use of the triplet.
In this quiz you will be tested on intervals, tonic triads & triplets.
In this module you will learn the basics of composing a four-bar rhythm in the time signatures for this grade.
In this module you will learn about questions on a short melody and study the types of questions you may see in an examination.
In this quiz you will be tested on composing four-bar rhythms and asked questions on a melody.
I have been teaching music theory for over 30 years. As a peripatetic music teacher I have helped students of all ages with their theory studies. I can help students studying with any examination board but I mainly teach the ABRSM syllabus. I play saxophone and flute and gained a DipABRSM certificate in performance during 2008. Over the last eight years I have been teaching theory 'one to one' via the internet to students around the world. At present I teach in the UK, Ireland, Australia, USA, South Korea, India, Singapore and Sweden. I have recently started teaching the new LCM (London College of Music) popular theory syllabus. This syllabus is now often used as a prerequisite to enter performing arts universities. I am also a WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee) examiner marking the GCSE exam papers in Wales UK.