Grade 5 Music Theory (ABRSM)

UPDATED for the 2018. A complete ASSESSED course covering ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory

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

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IMPORTANT! This course includes marking by the teacher. The same course is available as a self-study course (no marking included) here

Everything you need to pass ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory with a fantastic result!
  • Over four hours of HD video lessons which explain each music theory topic in depth, and demonstrate how to approach the exam style questions. 
  • Quizzes
  • Exercises
  • PDF version of the complete course and exercises available on (160 pages)
  • PDF Revision pack (85 pages)
  • Assessment test (marked by the teacher)
  • 12 Revision Homework tasks (marked by the teacher)
  • Mock test (marked by the teacher)
  • Support via email/discussion board
  • Supplementary PDFs on various music theory topics for extra practice
  • PDF of the complete foreign musical terms necessary for this grade
This course is suitable for anyone planning to take the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam, whether you are beginning your studies now, or revising just before your exam. Click on the green preview buttons in the list of videos below, to see how the course works!

The assessment test included at the beginning of the course will allow you to see your current level, strengths and weaknesses by topic, and which topics are weighted more heavily in the exam (and are therefore worth spending extra time on.)
Recommended age for this course; 10 - adult
Topics Covered in the Curriculum
  • Notation (including symbols, foreign terms, ornaments etc.)
  • Time signatures (including rewriting in a new time signature)
  • Key signatures
  • Scales (Major, minor harmonic, minor melodic and chromatic)
  • Clefs (Treble, bass, octave treble, alto and tenor)
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Cadences
  • Working out the Key
  • Transposition
  • Standard orchestral instruments general knowledge

Intended Audience: Grade 5 Theory Candidates

Instructions and PDFs
How to Send Exercises for Marking
PDF: Foreign Terms
Notation Basics
Foreign Terms
Notation Homework
Time Signature Secrets
Simple Quadruple Time: 4/4, 4/8 and 4/2
Simple Duple Time: 2/4 and 2/2
3/4 and 6/8
3/8, 9/8, 9/4 and 12/4
3/2, 6/4 and 12/8 Easily Confused Time Signatures
Triplets & Duplets
Regular and Irregular Time
Adding Time Signatures and Rests
Adding Bar Lines
Changing Simple to Compound (and Vice Versa)
Time Homework
Rewriting Homework
Key Signatures & The Circle of Fifths
Relative Major and Minor Keys
Key Signature Patterns
Key Homework
Introduction to Scales
Major Scales
Minor Harmonic Scales
Minor Melodic Scales
Scale Degrees and Technical Names
Minor Scales with Key Signatures
Chromatic Scales
Scales Homework
What is an Interval? - Harmonic and Melodic Intervals
Naming Intervals: Number and Quality
Perfect Intervals
Major Intervals
Minor Intervals
Augmented Intervals
Diminished Intervals
Compound Intervals
Writing Harmonic Unisons and 2nds
Working out Intervals
Working out Tricky Intervals
Intervals in a Musical Score
Don't make these 5 mistakes!
Intervals Homework
Transposing Between Clefs
Clefs Homework
Transposition and Intervals
The Transposing Instruments
Transposing with a key signature
Transposing without a key signature
Transposition Homework
Instrument Families
Instruments Pitch
Instruments Homework
Chords and Triads
Chords and Inversions
What are Cadences?
Cadences & Melody
Cadence Exam Questions
Cadences Homework
Key and Key Changes
Working out Key Homework
Download your Revision Tips and Mock Test Here
Extra Practice PDFs
Find Out About Grade 6 Music Theory
Answer Keys
SATB Update
What is SATB?
SATB Traps
Composition Update
The Marking Criteria
Planning: Six Steps to Success
Link to the ABRSM Marking Criteria
Step 1: Preparation - What key is it in?
Step 2: Cadences
Step 3: Rhythm
Step 4: Melody
Step 5: Performance Directions
6: Checking
Student's Compositions 1
Student's Compositions 2
Student's Compositions 3
Composition Update
Introduction to the Voice Composition Question
Verbal Accentuation
Time and Rhythm
Key and Harmonic Foundation
Melody and Wordpainting
Finishing Touches

What's included

  • 70 Video Lessons
  • 24 Text Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

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