ABRSM Music Theory | Grade 5

A complete course covering the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory syllabus.

Course Summary

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IMPORTANT: This course is for candidates who have already worked through the earlier ABRSM music theory grades.

If you are going straight in at grade 5, please enroll in the Grade 5 Crash Course here.

Everything you need to pass ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory with a fantastic result!

Recommended age for this course; 10 - adult

  • Notation (including symbols, foreign terms, ornaments etc.)
  • Time signatures (including rewriting in a new time signature)
  • Key signatures
  • Scales (Major, minor harmonic, minor melodic and chromatic)
  • Clefs (Treble, bass, octave treble, alto and tenor)
  • Chords and inversions
  • Cadences and progressions
  • Working out the Key
  • Transposition
  • Standard orchestral instruments general knowledge

About ABRSM Grade 5

Grade 5 music theory is the most-taken of the ABRSM 8 theory grades, because it is a pre-requisite for taking grades 6-8 practical exams.

The topics learned at grade 5 are basic "music literacy" - how to understand the dots on the page, but also how music works.

The candidate is expected to know all keys (up to 6 sharps/flats) and be able to cope with scales, chords and intervals in all those keys.

About this Course

This course is suitable for candidates working towards the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam, who have studied theory at the earlier grades.

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The ABRSM recently (2018 and 2020) updated the theory syllabus, and this course reflects those changes in full.

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Included in the Course

    • Over four hours of HD video lessons which explain each music theory topic in depth, and demonstrate how to approach the exam style questions. 
    • PDF of the complete course including exercises, practice test and answers.
    • Revision tips PDF
    • PDF of the complete foreign musical terms necessary for this grade

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 Grade 8 Composition (Distinction) from LCM. 

I have enjoyed over fifteen years' of experience teaching music theory, with an emphasis on 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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