Grade 4 Music Theory (ABRSM)

A complete course covering the ABRSM Grade 4 Music Theory syllabus.

Course Summary

Grade 4 Music Theory ABRSM
 *** UPDATED for the 2018 ABRSM Syllabus Changes ***

This Grade 4 Music Theory video courses covers the ABRSM syllabus in full.
Pass the ABRSM Grade 4 Music Theory exam with confidence!

  • All simple and compound, duple, triple and quadruple time signatures and the grouping of notes within them
  • The breve/double whole note and rest
  • Double dotted notes
  • The alto clef, and transcription between the treble/bass/alto clefs
  • Duplets and triplets
  • Double sharps and flats and enharmonic equivalents
  • Major and minor (harmonic and melodic) scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including five sharps/flats
  • Technical names of diatonic notes
  • The chromatic scale
  • All intervals (major/minor/perfect/augmented/diminished), not exceeding an octave
  • Triads in root position of the tonic, dominant and subdominant
  • Foreign musical terms and symbols including recognising ornaments
  • General knowledge about the standard orchestral instruments

About ABRSM Grade 4 Theory

Grade 4 music theory (ABRSM) is a lower-intermediate level exam offered by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Grade 4 is an ideal preparation course if you are thinking about taking grade 5 sometime in the future.

About this Course

At this level you will study more complex keys and time signatures, such as scales (major, minor harmonic and minor melodic) with up to five flats/sharps in them, and all regular simple and compound time signatures, including more obscure ones such as 9/16, as well as more advanced rhythmic tools such as triplets and duplets. You'll also learn the chromatic scales.

This grade covers the tonic, dominant and subdominant chords, and intervals between any two notes (major, minor, perfect, augmented and diminished).

You'll learn how to read the alto clef (used by the viola) as well as lots of other facts about the standard orchestral instruments.

Please note that the grade 4 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 3, so we will also review some topics from grade 3 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)

Included in the Course

PDF coursebook with comprehensive explanations and examples of each topic, including hundreds of practice exercises (answers included).
PDF also includes a full mock test based on the style of the real exam
Apps and quizzes for learning the foreign musical terms for this grade.
Teacher support via the messaging board
Reference materials include all the foreign terms you need for grade 4, including those learned at grades 1, 2 and 3, as the syllabus is cumulative, plus complete examples of all scales in both treble and bass clefs.

Course Curriculum

Victoria Williams

I'm Victoria Williams BA (Hons)Mus, LmusTCL, AmusTCL (Distinction), MISM. I graduated in music, (specialising in musicology), from the University of Leeds. I hold two diplomas in music theory from Trinity College London, and have enjoyed over a decade of experience teaching music theory, with an emphasis on ABRSM exam preparation, to students around the globe. All the materials have been tried and tested on real human students, and have proven themselves to be effective - my students generally gain top marks in their exam (and so can you!)

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