A complete course covering ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory

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IMPORTANT: Please note that this course does not include marking of tests or homeworks. 

For the same course with inclusive marking, please see Grade 5 Music Theory Assessed Course

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

Contents updated to the latest ABRSM syllabus.

Recommended age for this course; 12 - 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
  • Cadences
  • 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 anyone planning to take the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam, whether you are beginning your studies now, or revising just before your exam.

Click on the preview buttons in the list of videos below, to see how the course works!

The ABRSM recently (2021) updated the theory syllabus, and this course reflects those changes in full. 

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. 
  • Quizzes
  • Exercises
  • PDF version of the complete course and exercises available on (160 pages)
  • PDF Revision pack (85 pages)
  • Assessment test (answers included)
  • 12 Revision Homeworks tasks (answers included except for composition
  • Mock test (answers included)
  • Supplementary PDFs on various music theory topics for extra practice
  • 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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