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Grade 5 Music Theory: Complete Course & Exercises

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*** UPDATED for the 2020 ABRSM syllabus changes to Online Format Test Questions ***

131 pages

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This is a comprehensive grade 5 music theory course following the ABRSM's syllabus, including lots of supplementary materials.

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  • Notation (all notes and symbols needed for this grade)
  • Foreign musical terms (complete list)
  • Time signatures
  • Clefs
  • Key signatures
  • Scales (major, minor and chromatic)
  • Intervals
  • Transposing
  • Chords
  • Cadences and progressions
  • General knowledge about the standard orchestral instruments
  • Practice exam

Each chapter provides a step-by-step explanation of the theory, with lots of musical examples. Each chapter is followed by a series of practice exercises. All answers are provided, with the exception of the composition question, due to its subjective nature. Suitable for home-study, or for use with your music teacher (age 10-adult).

You may also be interested in our Grade 5 Extra Resources eBook, which contains extra worksheets on composition, cadences, transposition and general score reading questions.

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