ABRSM Music Theory Grade 4

When and Where

9 Jan 2019 - 27 Mar 2019 (16.5 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 16:00 - 17:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Selena Kay
Course code

What you will learn

This course uses the ABRSM syllabus and focuses on the rudiments and theory from the Grade 3 to 5 workbooks . Suitable for students who want to work towards taking the Grade 5 examination in 2018.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand all simple and compound time signatures and irrational divisions of beats (e.g. duplets, triplets)
  • Gain familiarity with the alto clef and transpose between the treble, bass and alto clefs
  • Understand and write key signatures for major and minor keys up to five sharps or flats
  • Identify and write all interval types (major, minor, diminished, augmented) within an octave
  • Understand chord positions (inversions)

Class format and activities

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 at around ABRSM grade 3. Elementary keyboard skills will be useful and it is also advisable to develop aural musicianship skills alongside music theory.

Online enrolment is only available to those enrolled in the previous term. If you are a current student you will have received an email alerting you to this. If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the curriculum department will contact you.

What you need to know before you enrol

You will be expected to complete weekly homework tasks.

What you will need for your class

Pencil and eraser, notebook, manuscript paper. Required Texts:
Eric Taylor, The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part 1
ABRSM, Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4

What you can do next

This course continues into Term 3.

You may also be interested in related courses such as Aural Training & Musicianship, Orchestration and Arranging, Sibelius, or music technology courses. Music appreciation courses: Music in Time (all periods of Western music history, Jazz & Popular music, Opera, Women Composers, Music in Britain), East & West.