Read Music: Theory III

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.

Who is this course for

This course follows on from Read Music: Theory 2, and is suitable for all those who wish to develop a their understanding of the principles of music theory and the written 'language' of music. Please note that this course is not suitable for complete beginners. Instrumentalists and singers of moderate experience and ability will also find this course useful.

What does this course cover

This course aims to continue developing an understanding of the
fundamentals of music notation, using the syllabus of the Associated Board.

Topics covered will include:
The major keys with 4 sharps or flats
Beyond the 2 ledger lines
Compound time
Minor keys with 4 sharps or flats
4-bar rhythms
Simple phrase structure
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).

Part of the course will be dedicated to revising for Grade 2 exam (ABRSM) which students may elect to take in the middle of June.

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

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 2) by Eric Taylor (3.00)
(Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

First Steps in Music Theory by Eric Taylor (5.95)
(Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

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

Read Music: Theory 4

Piano, or other instrumental lessons, choir singing, further theoretical studies; entering for Associated Board examinations. Please ask for advice.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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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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