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Music Theory: Grade 4

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 years.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

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Who is this course for

This is a new course for all those interested in taking a basic knowledge of music theory onto an intermediate level. It would for example, be suitable for anyone who has completed the first year of Read Music: Theory Levels 1, 2 & 3

It is particularly appropriate for anyone wishing to prepare for the Grade V Theory exam since this term is preparatory for grade V with the
foundations being laid for topics in the grade 5 syllabus.
Instrumentalists and singers of intermediate ability will also find this course relevant.

What does this course cover

This course aims to help you understand more complex aspects of music
theory, as prescribed by ABRSM syllabus for grade IV. It will also help you
develop the tools necessary for writing down your own musical ideas.

Topics covered will include:
More complex time signatures
Alto Clef
Double sharps and double flats
Breves, double dots, duplets
Keys with five sharps or flats
Triads and chords on I, IV, V
Writing a rhythm to words
The chromatic scale
Performance directions

Part of this course is also devoted to musicianship excercises which aim through singing and clapping to develop the topics covered in a practical
way. For this relative sol-fa is used (no previous knowledge of this is required)
Included in this term is revsion of the grade III sylabus for those wishing to take the Grade 3 Theory Exam in November (entries for this in the first week of term).

By th end of the course students should
1. Have a clear understanding of the topics covered.
2. Demonstrate your understanding by applying it to relevant written exercises, some of these done independently and unaided.
3. Musicianship excercises (e.g singing in sol-fa, clapping rythms) appropriate for this level.

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.

Musicianship exercises will supplement the theoretical exercises. (see

All written work done by students will be checked regularly either by the
tutor or in class by fellow students (in pairs) . At the same
time special attention will be given to various additional questions/
difficulties of individual students by discussing these in

Students will also be given the opportunity to evaluate their own
progress either in class or individually with the tutor.

What else do you need to buy or do

Music Theory in Practice (Grade 4) by Eric Taylor (3.00)
(Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

First Steps in Music Theory, Book 1 by Eric Taylor (5.95)
(Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

2013 Past Papers Gd.3 (3.50)

The tutor is able to buy these on behalf of the student, and orders can be placed in the first week of term.

Manuscript Paper, pencil, rubber and ruler.

Some homework will be given each week. Students should be prepared to spend up to half an hour to an hour on this. It is
recommended that students do their homework in order to make
more sense of class work. It is also helpful to go over the
material covered in the class during the week.

Instrumental lessons are strongly encouraged, as is singing in a choir. In this respect, students may like to consider enrolling in one of the
choirs at the Mary ward Centre, or some of the ensemble classes for string.

There is detailed information in reception about all the courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectus for other London colleges to
help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask your tutor.

What this course could lead to

Read Music Theory Grade IV Part 1 and 2, to enable you to take the ABRSM exam
Piano, or other instrumental lessons, choir singing, further theoretical
studies please ask for advice.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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