Music Theory


William focuses on studying for the ABRSM Music Theory exam which is now available as an online proctored test! Each student is prepared to take the exams as follows

  1. Grade One – Basic rhythms, simple time signatures, music reading, construction of basic skills, and other basic music terminology.
  2. Grade Two – Intermediate rhythms and time signatures, extended staff reading, relative major and minor keys, and more terminology.
  3. Grade Three – Compound time signatures, extension of the stave beyond two ledger lines, transposition at the octave from the treble clef to the bass clef, scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including four sharps and flats, and intervals above the tonic (number and type), more terms and signs.
  4. Grade FourAll simple and compound duple, triple and quadruple time signatures, double-dotted notes and rests, alto clef, double sharp and double flat signs, and their cancellation, enharmonic equivalents, scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including five sharps and flats, with both forms of minor scales, technical names for the notes of the diatonic scale (tonic, supertonic, etc.). construction of the chromatic scale, all intervals, not exceeding an octave, triads (root position) on the tonic, subdominant and dominant notes, more terms and signs.
  5. Grade Five – Irregular time signatures, tenor clef (C clef centred on 4th line).transposition to concert pitch of a short melody notated for an instrument in Bb, A or F, and vice versa, scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including six sharps and flats, all simple and compound intervals from any note, the root position (a), 1st inversion (b) and 2nd inversion (c) forms of the tonic, supertonic, subdominant and dominant chords in any of the keys set for this grade, the choice of suitable chords at cadential points of a simple melody in the major key of C, G, D or F, perfect, plagal and imperfect cadences in the major keys of C, G, D or F, more terms and signs.

Classes are taught using the Discovering Music series, with a specific focus on preparation for the ABRSM online music theory exam, and are available here: ABRSM Shop

William was quick to grasp my goals and learning style and then tailored an individual teaching plan for me. He is keenly perceptive of any needed adjustments in order to form good technique. If not for William’s motivation, patience and excellent approach, I would not be pursuing my lifelong ambition … He has instilled a confidence in me to overcome self-doubt and continue to reach for new heights.

Brenda Sonneborn

Music Theory Class

Join us Thursdays 4-5pm online! Currently enrolling for Grade 1.