The prospect of sitting a Grade 5 theory exam is always met with groans from students! Most kids want to enjoy playing their instrument, without too much focus on the written work that sometimes accompanies it. However, if sitting ABRSM exams, students must pass their Grade 5 theory before being allowed to progress onto Grade 6 practical. And it doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. In fact, most people find that the theory helps them to progress with their playing, and their musical understanding and interpretation comes on hugely! One of the trickiest parts of the exam is the 15-mark composition question. Here are some tricks and tips to nail this question, securing yourself a good percentage of guaranteed points: Continue reading “The Dreaded Composition Question…”
Grade 2 theory is a fair bit trickier than Grade 1, and will require some careful studying. Eric Taylor’s Music Theory in Practise is the best book for practice material, also using his AB Guide to Music Theory to help if you have any issues. Lina Ng’s Theory Made Easy is also great if you want to practise more exercises. Try working through the chapters in the following order, using these notes to help you to remember the essential points. When you have completed all the exercises in the book, try some grade 2 theory practise papers.
Grade 4 theory introduces quite a few new ideas, taking the paper from a beginner to intermediate level. Eric Taylor’s Music Theory in Practise is the best book for practice material, using his AB Guide to Music Theory to help if you have any issues. Try working through the chapters in the following order, using these notes to help you to remember the essential points. When you have completed all the exercises in the book, try some grade 4 theory practise papers. Continue reading “Grade 4 Theory – Essential Notes”
We have some exciting news at Elegie School of Music! As of January 2017, we will be trialling a new online system of piano and theory teaching. It will be most suitable for secondary age and adult students, with an ability level of Grade 4 and above. Continue reading “Online Piano & Theory Lessons – Revolutionising Music Lessons”
Originally posted 2016-12-19 20:31:20. Republished by Blog Post Promoter