Music Theory for Young Musicians

This series of books are designated to suit the needs of today’s young pupils and their teachers, the third edition brings the practice and exercises, and examples in the text up to date with the latest ABRSM exam requirements for Grade 1 to 5. It adds a specimen test in the exam format and provides a set of revision notes on the key areas.

Sequence: Musical concepts taught in a planned, logical sequence.
Modular: Complex, difficult concepts broken down into smaller, easier to manage activites.
Curriculum-based: Challenging exercises aligned with the latest ABRSM theory syllabus.
Creative: Innocative questions set in a variety of formats to tackle common problems and reinforce complex concepts.
Supporting: Teaching notes using simple, to the point explanations, with illustrative, color-coded examples.
Complete: Performace directions including terms and symbols for all grades.

Music Theory for Young Musicians, Grade 1

Content

  • Time Names and Time Values
  • Bar-lines and Time Signatures
  • Writing on a Stave
  • Letter Names
  • Semi-quavers
  • Rests
  • Ties and Slurs
  • Dotted Notes
  • Assidentals
  • Semitones and Tones
  • The Scales and Key Signatures of C, G D and F Major
  • Degrees of the Scale
  • Intervals
  • Tonic Traids
  • Cancelling on Accidental
  • Upbeats
  • The Grouping of Notes
  • Composing an Answering Rhytm
  • Performance Dorections
  • General Exercises
  • Specimen Test Grade 1
  • Revision Notes

Music Theory for Young
Musicians, Grade 2

Content
  • Ledger Lines
  • Times Names and Time Values
  • Time Signatures
  • Triplets
  • Grouping of Notes
  • Grouping of Rests
  • The Scales and Key Signatures of A, B♭ and E♭ Major
  • The Scales and Key Signatures and A, E and D Minor
  • Tonice Triads
  • Degrees of the Scale
  • Intervals
  • Composing Four-Bar Rhythms
  • Performance Directions
  • General Exercises
  • Specimens Test Grade 2
  • Revision Notes

Music Theory For Young Musicians, Grade 3

Content

  • Time Names and Time Values
  • Ledger Lines
  • Transposition
  • Simple and Compound Time
  • Grouping of Notes
  • Grouping of Rests
  • Deliberate Mistakes
  • Scales and Key Signatures of E and A♭ Major
  • Scales and Key Signatures of B, F♭, C♯, G, C and F Minor
  • Tonic Traids
  • Intervals
  • Four-bar Rhythms
  • Simple Phrase Structure
  • Performance Directions
  • General Exercises
  • Specimen Test Grade 3
  • Revision Notes

Music Theory For Young Musicians, Grade 4

Content

  • Alto Clef
  • Breves, Double Dote and Duplets
  • Time Signatures
  • Four-Bar Rhythms
  • Double Sharps, Double Flats and Enharmonic Equivalents
  • Scales with Five Sharps and Five Flats
  • Technical Names and Notes
  • Triads and Chords on I, IV, and V
  • Intervals
  • Chromatic Scale
  • Ornaments
  • Writing a Rhythm to Words
  • Instruments
  • Performance Directions
  • General Exercises
  • Specimen Test Grade 4
  • Revision Notes

Music Theory For Young Musicians, Grade 5

Content
  • Tenor Clef
  • Irregular Time Signatures
  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Transportation
  • SATB in Short and Open Score
  • Irregular Time Divisions
  • Intervals
  • Identifying Chords
  • Chords at Cadence Pointes
  • Composing a Melody
  • Ornaments and Repetitions
  • Instruments
  • Performance Directions
  • General Exercises