SELFSTUDY Grade 5 Music Theory (ABRSM)

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

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IMPORTANT: Please note that this course does not include marking of tests or homeworks. For the same course with inclusive marking, please see

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 (answers included)
  • 12 Revision Homeworks tasks (answers included except for composition
  • Mock test (answers included)
  • 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!

Recommended age for this course; 12 - 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
PDF: Foreign Terms
Notation Basics
Foreign Terms
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)
Key Signatures & The Circle of Fifths
Relative Major and Minor Keys
Key Signature Patterns
Introduction to Scales
Major Scales
Minor Harmonic Scales
Minor Melodic Scales
Scale Degrees and Technical Names
Minor Scales with Key Signatures
Chromatic Scales
What is an Interval? - Harmonic and Melodic Intervals
Naming Intervals: Number and Quality
Exercise: Interval Number
Answers: Interval Number
Perfect Intervals
Exercise: Perfect Intervals
Answers: Perfect Intervals
Major Intervals
Exercise: Major Intervals
Answers: Major Intervals
Minor Intervals
Exercise: Minor Intervals
Answers: Minor Intervals
Augmented Intervals
Exercises: Augmented Intervals
Answers: Augmented Intervals
Diminished Intervals
Exercises: Diminished Intervals
Answers: Diminished Intervals
Compound Intervals
Exercises: Compound Intervals
Answers: Compound Intervals
Writing Harmonic Unisons and 2nds
Exercises: Harmonic 2nds and Unisons
Answers: Harmonic 2nds and Unisons
Working out Intervals
Exercises: Working out Intervals
Answers: Working out Intervals
Working out Tricky Intervals
Exercises: Tricky Intervals
Answers: Tricky Intervals
Intervals in a Musical Score
Don't make these 5 mistakes!
Exercises: Intervals in a Score
Answers: Intervals in a Score
Transposition and Intervals
The Transposing Instruments
Transposing with a key signature
Exercises: Transposing with a Key Signature
Answers: Transposing with a Key Signature
Transposing without a key signature
Exercises: Transposing without a Key Signature
Answers: Transposing with a Key Signature
Transposing Between Clefs
Chords and Triads
Chords and Inversions
What are Cadences?
Cadences & Melody
Cadence Exam Questions
Key and Key Changes
Instrument Families
Instruments Pitch
SATB: Important Update
What is SATB?
SATB Traps
Composition: Important 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: Important Update
Introduction to the Voice Composition Question
Verbal Accentuation
Time and Rhythm
Key and Harmonic Foundation
Melody and Wordpainting
Finishing Touches
Revision Lessons
Extra Practice PDFs
Download your Mock Test Here
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  • 70 Video Lessons
  • 39 Text Lessons

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  • Certificate of completion

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