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ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory (Autumn)

Weekly Course for Young People and Adults

Introduction

Update 13 September: As this course starts very soon, it is no longer possible to sign up online. Please contact Lifelong Learning on +44 0141 270 8213 or email lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to enquire about any remaining spaces.

 

This seven-week course will improve your knowledge of musical theory, equipping you with the skills necessary to sit the ABRSM Grade 5 theory exam. Please note, exam entry is included in the tuition fee.

Held over seven weeks, you will be encouraged to apply your learning in a practical context using your instrument/voice.

By the end of this course, you can expect to have

  • learnt all the necessary concepts to sit the Grade 5 theory exam
  • improved your composition skills, including how to set words to music
  • developed your score reading
  • applied many of the concepts practically to tie in with the higher grade aural tests (e.g. aural recognition of chord progressions, singing back a melody, etc

Throughout the course you will cover the following areas of study:

  • clefs – treble/bass revision plus alto and tenor
  • key signatures up to 6 sharps/flats, how to construct a circle of 5ths
  • constructing scales
  • transposition
  • diatonic and chromatic intervals
  • chord recognition
  • cadential progressions using roman numeral chord notation
  • writing a melody for instrument & voice
  • open Score/Short Score notation for voices
  • complex rhythmic notation (tuplets, double dots etc.)
  • ornaments
  • italian vocabulary

Introduction

Update 13 September: As this course starts very soon, it is no longer possible to sign up online. Please contact Lifelong Learning on +44 0141 270 8213 or email lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to enquire about any remaining spaces.

 

This seven-week course will improve your knowledge of musical theory, equipping you with the skills necessary to sit the ABRSM Grade 5 theory exam. Please note, exam entry is included in the tuition fee.

Held over seven weeks, you will be encouraged to apply your learning in a practical context using your instrument/voice.

By the end of this course, you can expect to have

  • learnt all the necessary concepts to sit the Grade 5 theory exam
  • improved your composition skills, including how to set words to music
  • developed your score reading
  • applied many of the concepts practically to tie in with the higher grade aural tests (e.g. aural recognition of chord progressions, singing back a melody, etc

Throughout the course you will cover the following areas of study:

  • clefs – treble/bass revision plus alto and tenor
  • key signatures up to 6 sharps/flats, how to construct a circle of 5ths
  • constructing scales
  • transposition
  • diatonic and chromatic intervals
  • chord recognition
  • cadential progressions using roman numeral chord notation
  • writing a melody for instrument & voice
  • open Score/Short Score notation for voices
  • complex rhythmic notation (tuplets, double dots etc.)
  • ornaments
  • italian vocabulary

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

Students should have a reasonable grounding in musical theory which includes knowledge of:

• treble/bass clef pitch notation
• rhythmic notation including semiquavers and dotted rhythms
• key signatures up to 4 sharps/flats and ideally the circle of 5ths
• some major/minor scales

Preparing for your course

Students should obtain a copy of Music Theory in Practice Grade 5 by Eric Taylor (currently priced at approximately £5.95) – the exercises in the book will be completed as part of the course.

Past papers will be provided mid-way through the course.

At a glance...

ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory (Autumn) Tuesdays, 6.30pm–8pm 20171101 95

Term dates and tuition fees

Tuition fee: £140 (includes entry to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory exam)

Wednesdays, 7 – 8.30pm

Wednesday 20 September – Wednesday 1 November 2017

OR

Wednesday 10 January – Wednesday 21 February 2018

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for students who hope to sit the Grade 5 theory exam in order to progress to higher grade practical exams or for those preparing for the Royal Conservatoire’s Bachelor of Education Music degree programme theory entrance exam.

Teaching staff

Matthew Brown

Matthew has worked at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 1999 and in addition to his Creative & Contextual Studies duties he lectures on the Music Theatre course and teaches in the Junior Music Department.

Initially educated in the north of England, Matthew completed his music degree at Cardiff University and his Master’s degree in composition at the RSAMD studying with John Maxwell Geddes. His music has been widely performed across the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia and he is both composer and Musical Director of the Hairy Maclary & Friends show, which has toured extensively in the UK and Australia including two residencies at Sydney Opera House, and is set to tour in Asia in 2014. His other shows include the acclaimed Here we stay working in partnership with the Citizens Theatre and Scottish Refugee Council, and most recently Little Red Riding Hood which was premiered as part of ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’ in December 2013.

Matthew is also an animateur for Scottish Opera’s Education programme including recent collaborations with the Citizens Theatre, the Lodging House Mission, Caithness Horizons, and in China with Tianjin University. His work as a piano accompanist has included many years working for ‘Music in Hospitals’ and the National Youth Choir Of Scotland.