ABRSM Music Theory

Learn music theory to prepare for the ABRSM exam
Grade 1 to Grade 5

Music Theory

Beginner to Advanced

42 Lessons Included

8+ Hours of Video

Course overview

ABRSM Music Theory

This course will prepare you for the ABRSM music theory exams, from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

Starting from Grade 1, you will be guided on pitches, note values, accidentals, as well as other common music symbols that you see on music scores. All the way through to Grade 5, which will explore more challenging concepts like irregular time signatures, compound intervals, triads, figured bass and some simple harmonic analyses.

The lesson contents will be presented in a way that closely matches the ABRSM exams’ syllabi. This course will not only prepare you for ABRSM exams, but will also help you understand the fundamentals of music theory.

What you'll get

What is included in this course and what you will learn

Music Theory Basics

We will guide you through theory topics that will come up on your ABRSM exam. Topics include musical notation, rhythm and time, scales and chords, music harmony, music analysis, and more.

All You Need for ABRSM

All lessons are designed and taught to prepare you for the ABRSM graded exams. We follow the syllabus yet create a easy-to-understand way to teach theory.

Real Musical Examples

Reinforce what you learn through real musical examples that you will see on your ABRSM exam. These are great compositions by composers like Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. 

Support from Teachers

Not sure if you are doing it right? Reach out to our team of teachers through emails or chat bubble!

Lesson notes and homework!

Download lesson notes and homework to expand your understanding of the video lessons. Practice music theory concepts in the supplementary exercises we provide you.

HD Video Lessons

High-quality video for every lesson so you can watch it any time you want, in the comfort of your home. 

What we cover

Below are the breakdown of this course, module by module, with video previews

ABRSM Music Theory Grade 1

Lesson 1: Music Notation
Lesson 2: Pitch and Notes
Lesson 3: Rhythm
Lesson 4: Semitones, Tones and Accidentals
Lesson 5: C/G/F/D Scales and Key Signatures
Lesson 6 Intervals
Lesson 7: Performance Directions
Lesson 8: Performance Directions (continued)
Lesson 9: Review

ABRSM Music Theory Grade 2

Lesson 1: Ledger and New Time Signatures
Lesson 2: New Major Scales and Exploring Minor Scales
Lesson 3: Triplets
Lesson 4: Interval Review
Lesson 5: Performance Directions
Lesson 6: Review

ABRSM Music Theory Grade 3

Lesson 1: Demisemiquavers
Lesson 2: Major and Minor Keys
Lesson 3: Compound Time Signatures and their Groupings
Lesson 4: Rewriting in Simple Time
Lesson 5: Interval Quality (Part 1)
Lesson 6: Interval Quality (Part 2)
Lesson 7: Transposition, Anacrusis and Phrase Structures
Lesson 8: Performance Directions
Lesson 9: Performance Directions (Part 2)
Lesson 10: Review

ABRSM Music Theory Grade 4

Lesson 1: Time Signatures
Lesson 2: New Notations I - Pitch
Lesson 3: New Notations II - Rhythm
Lesson 4: New Key Signatures and Scale Degree Names
Lesson 5: Primary Triads
Lesson 6: Intervals (Part 1)
Lesson 7: Intervals (Part 2)
Lesson 8: Chromatic Scales and Ornaments
Lesson 9: Instruments Families and Performance Directions
Lesson 10: French Language Performance Directions
Lesson 11: Review

ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5

Lesson 1: Time Signatures
Lesson 2: Irregular Divisions
Lesson 3: Additional Notations Tenor Clef and Ornament Conversion
Lesson 4: New Key Signatures
Lesson 5: Transposition and Transposing Instruments
Lesson 6: Compound Intervals
Lesson 7: Open Score and Short Score
Lesson 8: Chords and Inversions
Lesson 9: Candences
Lesson 10: Performance Directions
Lesson 11: Review


About Nicole

Nicole Elyse DiPaolo is a versatile composer, pianist, and scholar originally hailing from the Detroit area.


She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at Indiana University, she recently completed a doctoral minor in composition. She also holds a B.Mus. in Music Theory from the University of Michigan, where she studied composition.

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