Grade 2 Music Theory (ABRSM)

Updated for 2018. A complete course covering the ABRSM Grade 2 Music Theory syllabus.

Grade 2 Music Theory ABRSM

*** UPDATED for the 2018 ABRSM Syllabus Changes ***

This Grade 2 Music Theory video courses covers the ABRSM syllabus in full.
Pass the ABRSM grade 2 music theory exam with confidence!

What Will I Learn?

  • The simple time signatures of 2/2, 3/2, 4/2 and 3/8 and grouping of notes/rests in these time signatures
  • Triplets
  • Minor harmonic and minor melodic scales
  • Scales and key signatures in the keys of A, Bb and Eb major, and A, E and D minor
  • Tonic triads in the same keys
  • Intervals above the tonic by number
  • Foreign musical terms and symbols

Grade 2 Music Theory is the second level of exams offered by the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).

This course is ideal if you are reasonably confident in reading simple music pieces, and would like to expand your knowledge into a deeper understanding of how music works.

You do not need to have passed grade 1 to take this course!
Please note that the grade 2 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 1, so we will also review some topics from grade 1 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

This level covers the major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales, key signatures and triads in the keys of A, Bb and Eb major and A, E and D minor (plus revision of the keys from grade 1 - C, G, D and F major).

You'll learn about slightly more complex rhythmic concepts, such as time signatures with a minim/half note beat (2/2, 3/2 and 4/2) and the triplet.

The course includes:

  • Free comprehensive coursebook PDF with more examples and explanations
  • The PDF includes hundreds of practice exercises (answers included)
  • PDF also includes a mock test in the style of the exam
  • Support from your teacher
The course uses both UK and USA note terminology (crotchet AND quarter note).

Introduction to the Course
Download the Course PDF
Time Values of Notes (revision from grade 1)
Time Values of Rests (revision from grade 1)
Notes: Accidentals
Dotted Notes (revision from grade 1)
Major Scales
Minor Harmonic Scales
Minor Melodic Scales
Degrees of the Scale
Key Signatures
Download the Scales Reference PDF here
Time Signatures
Adding Rests
Rewriting a Rhythm in a New Time Signature
Tied Notes (revision from grade 1)
Tonic Triads
Update for Composition
Composing a Rhythm
Foreign Terms and Musical Symbols
Articulation (Slurs, Staccato etc.)
Taking an ABRSM Music Theory Exam
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What's included

  • 20 Video Lessons
  • 7 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

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