Prepare for Music Theory ABRSM 1 to 5
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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.
4.2 (36 ratings)
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Created by Michael Luck
Last updated 5/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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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.
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.

Who 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 For This Course
92 Lectures
12:15:50
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Welcome and introduction
1 Lecture 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.

Preview 02:49
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GRADE ONE - How to write music notation
4 Lectures 18:21

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.

Preview 02:38

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

GRADE ONE - Notes & note values
06:25

In this module you will learn about the treble and bass clefs and their importance when naming notes on the stave.
GRADE ONE - Treble & bass clef
04:55

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

Preview 04:23

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

How to write music notation
8 questions
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GRADE ONE - The contruction of the major scale
3 Lectures 18:35

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

GRADE ONE - The major scale
10:11

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.

GRADE ONE - Key signatures
03:53

In this module you will learn the meaning of the time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4.
GRADE ONE - Simple time signatures
04:31

The construction of the major scale
8 questions
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GRADE ONE - Rhythm variation using dotted notes & rests
2 Lectures 16:59

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

GRADE 0NE - Single dotted notes
06:21

In this module you will learn about the semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver & semiquaver rests and their dotted equivalents.
GRADE ONE - Rests & dotted rests
10:38

Dotted notes & rests
Rhythm variation using dotted notes & rests
5 questions
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GRADE ONE - Analysis of two & three note forms & use of bar lines
3 Lectures 14:52

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

GRADE ONE - Adding missing barlines
05:44

In this module you will learn how to count harmonic and melodic intervals between two notes.
GRADE ONE - Intervals
06:13

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

GRADE ONE - Tonic triads
02:55

Tonic triads, intervals & missing bar lines

Analysis of two & three note forms & use of bar lines
7 questions
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GRADE ONE - Understanding rhythms & melodies
2 Lectures 09:31
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.
GRADE ONE - Writing a four-bar rhythm
05:29

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.

GRADE ONE - Questions on a melody
04:02

Writing a four-bar rhythm & general questions
7 questions
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GRADE TWO - How to write music notation
3 Lectures 18:30

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.

Preview 06:05

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.

GRADE TWO - Grouping of notes
08:59

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

GRADE TWO - Ledger lines
03:26

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

How to write music notation
8 questions
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GRADE TWO - The construction of the major & minor scale
3 Lectures 20:43

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.

Preview 04:19

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.

GRADE TWO - Time signatures
08:08

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

GRADE TWO - Major & minor scales
08:16

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

Key & time signatures, major & minor scales
9 questions
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GRADE TWO - Analysis of two & three note forms
3 Lectures 14:56

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

GRADE TWO - Intervals
04:54

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

Preview 04:38

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

GRADE TWO - Triplets
05:24

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

Intervals, tonic triads & triplets
9 questions
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GRADE TWO - Understanding rhythms & melodies
2 Lectures 10:05

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

GRADE TWO - Composing a four-bar rhythm
07:05

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

GRADE TWO - Questions on a melody
03:00

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

Composing rhythms & questions on a melody.
9 questions
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About the Instructor
Michael Luck
3.6 Average rating
190 Reviews
1,798 Students
7 Courses
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.