Prepare for Music Theory ABRSM 1 to 5

All you need to know to fast track to success with the ABRSM theory examinations grades 1 - 5.
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  • Length 12.5 hours
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • This course provides information on the basic fundemtals of music notation from grade 1 to a higher level of grade 5. It is recommended for those new to the subject to work through each grade before attempting grade 5.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Work with, understand and use the following musical notation:
  • Accidentals
  • Adding missing bar lines
  • Cadences
  • Chords
  • Chromatic scales
  • Demi semiquavers
  • Double dotted notes
  • Double sharps & flats
  • Duplets
  • Enharmonic equivalents
  • Grouping of notes
  • Intervals
  • Key signatures
  • Ledger lines
  • Major & minor scales
  • Modulation
  • Notes & note values
  • Orchestra
  • Ornaments
  • Questions on a melody
  • Rests & dotted rests
  • Rewriting rhythms
  • SATB
  • Simple & compound time signatures
  • Single dotted notes & rests
  • Technical names
  • Terms & signs
  • The Alto & Tenor clef
  • The Ic - V progression
  • The stave
  • Transposition
  • Tonic triads
  • Treble & bass clef
  • Triplets

What is the target audience?

  • This course is particularly suited to students embarking on ABRSM graded theory exams 1 - 5. It will also be of benefit to those just wishing to brush up on their theory knowledge.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome and introduction
02:49

Hi, I'm Michael Luck and this lecture gives me an opportunity to explain how to use this course and to make the most of the resources provided.

Section 2: GRADE ONE - How to write music notation
02:38

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.

06:25

In this module we will be looking at notes and their value. We will also see how to write notes correctly on the stave.

04:55
In this module you will learn about the treble and bass clefs and their importance when naming notes on the stave.
04:23

In this module you will learn about accidentals, namely the sharp, flat & natural sign and how they effect the notes they precede.

8 questions

The stave, notes & note values, treble & bass clef, the accidental.

Section 3: GRADE ONE - The contruction of the major scale
10:11

In this module you will learn about the structure of the C, G, F & D major scales.

03:53

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.

04:31
In this module you will learn the meaning of the time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4.
The construction of the major scale
8 questions
Section 4: GRADE ONE - Rhythm variation using dotted notes & rests
06:21

In this module you will learn about the use and values of the single dotted note.

10:38
In this module you will learn about the semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver rests and their dotted equivalents.
5 questions
Dotted notes & rests
Section 5: GRADE ONE - Analysis of two & three note forms & use of bar lines
05:44

In this module you will learn how to add missing bar lines to short melodies in 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4 time.

06:13
In this module you will learn how to count harmonic and melodic intervals between two notes.
02:55

In this module you will learn about the tonic triad and how to write a tonic triad on the stave.

7 questions

Tonic triads, intervals & missing bar lines

Section 6: GRADE ONE - Understanding rhythms & melodies
05:29
In this module you will learn the basics of writing rhythms to a given opening. Care must be taken as it's important to understand the time signature before writing your rhythm.
04:02

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.

Writing a four-bar rhythm & general questions
7 questions
Section 7: GRADE TWO - How to write music notation
06:05

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.

08:59

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.

03:26

In this module you will learn the meaning of the ledger line and how to name notes placed on these lines.

8 questions

In this quiz you will be questioned about adding missing bar lines, grouping of notes and ledger lines.

Section 8: GRADE TWO - The construction of the major & minor scale
04:19

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.

08:08

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.

08:16

In this module you will learn about the construction of the major & minor scales for this grade.

9 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on major & minor key signatures for this grade, time signatures and the naming of major & minor scales.

Section 9: GRADE TWO - Analysis of two & three note forms
04:54

In this module you will learn how to work out harmonic & melodic intervals.

04:38

In this module you will learn about the construction of tonic triads in the keys for this grade.

05:24

In this module you will learn about the meaning & use of the triplet.

9 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on intervals, tonic triads & triplets.

Section 10: GRADE TWO - Understanding rhythms & melodies
07:05

In this module you will learn the basics of composing a four-bar rhythm in the time signatures for this grade.

03:00

In this module you will learn about questions on a short melody and study the types of questions you may see in an examination.

9 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on composing four-bar rhythms and asked questions on a melody.

Section 11: GRADE THREE - How to write music notation
10:18

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the importance and placement of the bar line.

08:55

This module deals with the use and grouping of rests in a melody.

07:34

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the structure of compound time.

9 questions

This quiz will test you on missing bar lines, rests and the structure of compound time.

Section 12: GRADE THREE - Analysis of notes & rhythm
03:05

In this module we will look in detail at the demi-semiquaver.

08:05

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the format of a four-bar rhythm.

09:38

This module looks in detail at the importance of grouping notes correctly.

6 questions

This quiz will test you on your knowledge of the demi-semiquaver, four-bar rhythms & grouping of notes.

Section 13: GRADE THREE - Intervals, keys & ledger lines
09:10

Intervals are the distance between two notes. At the end of this module you will be able to identify intervals and state if they are major, minor, diminished, perfect or augmented.

09:10

This module will help you to remember all the key signatures major & minor required for this grade.

04:59

Ledger lines are an extension of the stave. In this module you will see how useful ledger lines are and be aware of the letter name of notes placed upon them.

9 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on intervals, the key signature chart & ledger lines.

Section 14: GRADE THREE - Understanding melodies, scales, transposition & three note forms
04:31

In this module you will learn some more general points about music notation by studying some simple melodies.

10:49

Scales & key signatures are an important part of any melody. In this module you will study the scales & key signatures relevant to this grade.

08:16

In this module you will have an understanding of chords starting on the key note otherwise known as tonic triads.

05:45

Transposition is used to allow instruments of different pitch to play together using similar sounds & pitches. In this module you will learn how to transpose short melodies.

Questions on a melody - Scales & Key Signatures - Tonic Triads & Transposition
11 questions
Section 15: GRADE FOUR - Clefs, the breve & chromatic scale
07:37

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use of the Alto clef.

01:43

In this module we look at the use & time value of the note called the breve.

06:15

The chromatic scale moves in steps of semitones. At the end of this module you will know how to construct chromatic scales starting on any given note.

8 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on the alto clef, the breve & chromatic scale.

Section 16: GRADE FOUR - Notes, accidentals, duplets & enharmonics
07:37

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use and value of double dotted notes.

04:26

Double sharps & flats raise or lower notes by a tone. At the end of this module you will have an understanding of their use and meaning.

06:47

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the use of the duplet sign.

05:37

This module looks in detail about the meaning of enharmonics (two notes written differently but sounding the same).

12 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on double dotted notes, double sharps & flats, the duplet & enharmonics.

Section 17: GRADE FOUR - Rhythms, groups & intervals
07:42

At the end of this module you will have more experience in how to write simple four-bar rhythms.

08:05

The correct grouping of notes is often forgotten when writing music notation. In this module we will look in detail of how notes are grouped correctly using a series of different time signatures.

07:12

At the end of this module you will be able to construct an 'interval chart' for use when working out the interval of two notes.

10:27

This module looks at intervals and shows the difference between the major, minor, diminished, augmented & perfect interval.

9 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on four-bar rhythms - grouping of notes - interval chart - intervals.

Section 18: GRADE FOUR - Ornaments, melodies & rests
06:52

Ornaments allow for embellishments within a melody. In this module we will be learning the ornaments for this grade.

03:13

At the end of this module you will have a greater understanding of musical notation by analyzing short melodies.

12:18

In this module we will study the use and value of rests.

08:45
In this module we will study the use and value of rests.
11 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on ornaments, questions on a melody & rests.

Section 19: GRADE FOUR - Major & minor scales
11:24

This module provides you with an introduction to the major & minor scales & shows the important aspects of each.

09:17

At the end of this module you will be able to name & write the major ascending & descending scales for this grade.

12:20

At the end of this module you will be able to name & write the harmonic & melodic minor ascending & descending scales for this grade.

7 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on the major & harmonic & melodic minor scale.

Section 20: GRADE FOUR - Technical names, time signatures & triads
06:18

Every degree of a scale has a technical name. At the end of this module you will be able to name every degree.

10:27

At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the time signatures for this grade.

09:38

This module looks at the different types of major & minor triads.

9 questions

In this quiz you will be tested on technical names, time signatures & triads.

Section 21: GRADE FIVE - Cadences, chords & clefs

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Instructor Biography

Michael Luck, Founder of Music Theory Online

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.

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