Grade 4 Music Theory (ABRSM)

Updated for 2018. A complete course covering the ABRSM Grade 4 Music Theory syllabus.

Grade 4 Music Theory ABRSM

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

This Grade 4 Music Theory video courses covers the ABRSM syllabus in full.

  • Pass the ABRSM Grade 4 Music Theory exam with confidence.
  • All simple and compound, duple, triple and quadruple time signatures and the grouping of notes within them
  • The breve/double whole note and rest
  • Double dotted notes
  • Duplets and triplets
  • The alto clef, and transcription between the treble/bass/alto clefs
  • Double sharps and flats and enharmonic equivalents
  • Major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including five sharps/flats
  • Technical names of diatonic notes
  • The chromatic scale
  • All intervals (major/minor/perfect/augmented/diminished), not exceeding an octave
  • Triads in root position of the tonic, dominant and subdominant
  • Foreign musical terms and symbols including recognising ornaments
  • General knowledge about the standard orchestral instruments

Grade 4 music theory (ABRSM) is a lower-intermediate level exam offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

At this level you will study more complex keys and time signatures, such as scales (major, minor harmonic and minor melodic) with up to five flats/sharps in them, and all regular simple and compound time signatures, including more obscure ones such as 9/16, as well as more advanced rhythmic tools such as triplets and duplets. You'll also learn the chromatic scales.

This grade covers the tonic, dominant and subdominant chords, and intervals between any two notes (major, minor, perfect, augmented and diminished).

You'll learn how to read the alto clef (used by the viola) as well as lots of other facts about the standard orchestral instruments.

Grade 4 is an ideal preparation course if you are thinking about taking grade 5 sometime in the future.

Please note that the grade 4 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 3, so we will also review some topics from grade 3 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

Introduction to the Course
Download the Coursebook PDF
Accidentals - Double Sharps and Flats
Note Values and the Breve (Double Whole Note)
Rest Time Values and the Whole Bar Rest
Dotted Notes
Major Scales
Minor Harmonic Scales
Minor Melodic Scales
Scale Degrees and Technical Names
Chromatic Scales
Key Signatures
Download the Scales Reference PDF here
Time Signatures
Triplets and Duplets
Rewriting in a New Time Signature (Simple/Compound)
The Alto Clef
Standard Orchestral Instruments
Update for Composing a Rhythm
Composing a Rhythm - Overview
Composing a Rhythm without Text
Composing a Rhythm with Text
Foreign Musical Terms and Symbols
Taking an ABRSM Music Theory Exam
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What's included

  • 25 Video Lessons
  • 7 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Victoria Williams