Grade 3 Music Theory (ABRSM)

Updated for 2018. A complete course covering the ABRSM Grade 3 Music Theory syllabus.

Grade 3 Music Theory ABRSM

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

This Grade 3 Music Theory video courses covers the ABRSM syllabus in full.

  • Take and pass ABRSM grade 3 music theory with confidence
  • Compound time signatures of 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 and the grouping of notes within them
  • The demisemiquaver/32nd note and rest
  • Transposition of a melody from treble to bass clef (or vice versa) at the octave
  • Scales and key signatures in all keys up to four flats/sharps
  • Major, minor harmonic and minor melodic scales
  • Tonic triads in the keys for this grade
  • Intervals above the tonic by number and quality
  • Musical foreign terms and symbols

At grade 3, we delve deeper into the slightly more complex topics such as keys with up to 4 flats or sharps in them, harmonic and melodic minor scales, and simple and compound time signatures (6/8, 9/8 and 12/8).

Please note that the grade 3 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 2, so we will also review some topics from grade 2 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

We'll also review some of the topics from the lower grades which cause the most difficulty, such as beaming notes together in groups.

The course includes:
  • PDF coursebook with comprehensive explanations and examples of each topic
  • PDF includes hundreds of practice exercises (answers included)
  • PDF also includes a full mock test based on the style of the real exam
  • Apps and quizzes for learning the foreign musical terms for this grade.
  • Teacher support via the messaging board
Reference materials include all the foreign terms you need for grade 3, including those learned at grades 1 and 2, as the syllabus is cumulative, plus complete examples of all scales in both treble and bass clefs.

Introduction to Grade 3
Download the Course PDF
Note Values and the Demisemiquaver (32nd note)
Rest Values and the Whole Bar Rest
Dotted Notes
Major Scales
Minor Harmonic Scales
Minor Melodic Scales
Key Signatures
Tonic Triads (Revision from Grade 2)
Download the Scales Reference PDF here
Time Signatures
Adding Rests
Update for Composition
Completing a Rhythm
Foreign Terms
Taking an ABRSM Music Theory Exam
More Resources
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What's included

  • 18 Video Lessons
  • 7 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Victoria Williams