ABRSM Music Theory Grade 6 Stage 1

When and Where

9 Sep 2020 - 2 Dec 2020 (24 hours, 12 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00


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 and is suitable for students who want to work towards the higher ABRSM theory grade exams. This course moves on from Grade 5 to more challenging topics presented in grade 6, particularly focusing on harmonic understanding.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Demonstrate deep understanding of chords in major and minor keys
  • Understand and use different forms of notation including chord symbols, Roman numerals and figured bass
  • Develop technique for writing four-part harmony
  • Realise harmony according to given figured bass
  • Harmonise a diatonic melody using appropriate chords

Class format and activities

This is a live online face to face course.
Listening and taking notes from tutor presentation, explanation and demonstration Written, listening and practical exercises in class Individual and group work Completing questions from ABRSM past papers

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 confident with ABRSM grade 5. Elementary keyboard skills are essential. It is also advisable to develop aural musicianship skills alongside music theory.

What you need to know before you enrol

You will be expected to complete weekly homework tasks.
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 Texts: Eric Taylor, The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part 2 Anna Butterworth, Harmony in Practice
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 (ABRSM Music Theory Grade 6 Stage 2). You may also be interested in related courses such as 'Aural Training & Musicianship', 'Orchestration and Arranging', 'Sibelius', or music technology courses or any 'A Listener's Guide to Music', such as the 'Brief History of Western Music' or the 'Opera in Baroque and Classical Period'.