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Read Music: Theory V

A series of modular courses which prepare students for the (optional) ABRSM exam; many of those who take the exam pass with distinction. A complete beginner would start at Grade I and could, with tutor guidance and the support of Kodály musicianship exercises, attain the Grade V qualification within 2 year

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Who is this course for

This is a course for all those wishing to prepare for the Grade V Theory exam, and for those with an intermediate understanding of music theory who wish to develop their interest further. Players and singers of intermediate experience/ability would also benefit from this course.

Term 3 grade V course is for students who have completed the first part of Grade V music theory or those who have experience studying music theory at grade V level.
Term 3 is devoted to extensive revision for Gd 5 exam in the middle of the year.

What does this course cover

This course aims to develop your understanding of more complex areas of music music theory, as prescribed by ABRSM syllabus. It will also help you develop the tools necessary for writing down your own musical ideas. Topics covered will include:
Irregular time signatures
Tenor clef
Major and minor keys up to 6 sharps or flats
Voices in score
Naming chords
Composing a melody
Chords at cadential points
Performance directions

By the end of the course students should
1. Have a clear understanding of the topics covered.
2. Be able to demonstrate the understanding by applying it to relevant written and aural exercises.
3. Be able to work through these exercises independently and unaided (depending on progress in the class).

What will it be like

It will be taught in a seminar/workshop environment The piano will be used when demonstrating various aspects. Input and discussion from students will be encouraged. Aural dictations and practical 'hands on' exercises will supplement the theoretical exercises.
All written work done by students will be checked regularly. At the same time special attention will be given to various additional questions/ difficulties of individual students, i.e. discussions : group/one and one/one. Students will also be given the opportunity to evaluate their own progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Music Theory in Practice (Grade 5) by Eric Taylor (3.00) (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
Music Theory Study Guide, Book 1 by Eric Taylor (5.95) (Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Manuscript Paper
2013 Past Papers Gd 4 (3.50) & Gd 5 (3.75)
Some homework will be `suggested' each week making more sense of class work. Instrumental lessons strongly encouraged. Students may like to consider enrolling in one of the choirs at the Mary Ward Centre, or some of the ensemble classes for string.

What this course could lead to

Piano, or other instrumental lessons, choir singing, further theoretical studies; entering for Associated Board examinations. Please ask for advice. Students with a special interest in the 'art' of notation may be interested in exploring this in the calligraphy workshop.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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