ABRSM Music Theory and Musicianship Grade 3

When and Where

8 Sep 2020 - 1 Dec 2020 (24 hours, 12 weeks)
Days and times
Tuesday 15:30 - 17:30


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Selena Kay
Course code

What you will learn

This course is based on the ABRSM syllabus for Grade 3 Theory and Aural. The course continues to Grade 4 In Term 2 and Grade 5 in Term 3. Suitable for students who want to work towards taking the Grade 5 examination in 2021.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand compound time signatures (e.g. 6/8, 9/8)
  • Beam and group notes correctly in simple and compound time signatures
  • Transposition between treble and bass clefs
  • Understand and write key signatures for major and minor keys up to four sharps or flats
  • Understand and apply the different forms of the minor scale (natural, harmonic, melodic)
  • Identify the pulse and metre of a piece of music by ear
  • Develop skills to memorise short melodies
  • Identify salient features of a short piece of music by ear

Class format and activities

This is a live online face to face course.
Listening to the tutor's presentations, explanations and demonstrations, and taking notes. Written, listening and practical exercises in class. Individual and group work. Completing practice exam questions from ABRSM theory workbooks. You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

You will need to be able to read music at a basic level in the teble and bass clefs

What you need to know before you enrol

You will need to complete homework on a weekly basis.
Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals.
Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you will need for your class

Pencil and eraser, notebook, manuscript paper. Required Text: Eric Taylor, The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part I
To join this online class you will need a good internet connection and computer/tablet with webcam and sound.

What you can do next

This course continues into Term 2 (Grade 4) and Term 3 (Grade 5). You may also be interested in related courses such as Aural Training & Musicianship, Orchestration and Arranging, or any music technology courses.