Grade 5 theory bundle

Grade 5 theory bundle

Resources to support learning and revision for grade 5 theory (ABRSM) . Includes guides on several major topics (naming intervals, transposition and C clefs) and 7 worksheets for terminology learning.
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Grade 8 theory bundle

Grade 8 theory bundle

Resources to support learning and revision for grade 8 theory (ABRSM) . Includes 'how to' guides for each question in the exam, three practise score-reading questions, worksheets on advanced harmony (chromatic chords) and false harmonics, and a card-sort to aid memorising of instrument names. Paired with past papers and model answers available from the exam board, these are all the resources I use to prepare students for ABRSM grade 8 theory.
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Italian musical terms worksheet (grade 1 theory)

Italian musical terms worksheet (grade 1 theory)

Worksheet with word search and translation task to be used in conjunction with reference resource such as a computer or books (e.g. AB Guide To Music Theory Part I). Covers complete terminology from ABRSM grade 1 theory requirements. Answers included as separate document. Required knowledge at GCSE and A-level as well as in ABRSM theory exams. Worksheets also available for required terms for grades 2 to 5, separately or as a bundle.
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A guide to transposition

A guide to transposition

An explanation and worked example of transposing between concert and written pitch for transposing instruments. 3 practice questions and solutions (on separate final page) are also provided. This resource is geared towards the ABRSM grade 5 music theory examination, though may also be useful for GCSE or A-level music students.
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Basic score-reading worksheets

Basic score-reading worksheets

5 short score-reading worksheets each with 10 simple questions. Topics covered are: naming notes (pitches and simple rhythm) in treble and bass clef, translating basic foreign terms and symbols (tempo and dynamics), simple time signatures, suggesting appropriate instruments based on range. Most appropriate for beginner music theory students (grade 1-2), key stage 3 classes or new GCSE students with little or no theory background. More advanced (grade 5) questions available here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/score-excerpts-and-questions-famous-works-11646176 Excerpts: Dissonance Quartet (Mozart, opening), In the Bleak (Holst, opening), Grieg Piano Concerto (piano part, opening), Star Wars theme (melody), Ode to Joy (melody).
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Score excerpts and questions (famous works)

Score excerpts and questions (famous works)

6 short worksheets with score excerpts of famous works and around 10-15 short-answer questions per excerpt. Questions deal with identifying keys, chords, textures, harmonic and melodic intervals, and translating terminology. Useful for students of GCSE / A-level music or music theory (especially ABRSM grade 5). May be used as starters, homework or revision activities. Excerpts taken from: Vivaldi's 'Spring', Hallelujah Chorus, Moonlight Sonata, New World Symphony (Largo), Tristan und Isolde (the 'Tristan chord') and Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune (opening flute solo).
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Musical terms worksheets (grade 5 theory)

Musical terms worksheets (grade 5 theory)

Worksheets with word search and translation tasks to be used in conjunction with reference resource such as a computer or books (e.g. AB Guide To Music Theory Part I). Covers complete terminology from ABRSM grade 5 theory requirements (students should also be familiar with terms from grades 1 to 4, for which separate resources are uploaded). As grade 5 theory requires knowledge of German and Italian terms, two separate worksheets are provided, separating terminology thusly.
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Musical terminology worksheets (grades 1-5)

Musical terminology worksheets (grades 1-5)

Worksheets, with research tasks and word-searches, covering all of the terminology required for ABRSM theory examinations from grade 1 to 5. 7 worksheets in total. Separate answer sheets also included.
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Musical terms worksheets (grade 4 theory)

Musical terms worksheets (grade 4 theory)

Worksheets with word search and translation tasks to be used in conjunction with reference resource such as a computer or books (e.g. AB Guide To Music Theory Part I). Covers complete terminology from ABRSM grade 4 theory requirements (students should also be familiar with terms from grades 1 to 3, for which separate resources are uploaded). As grade 4 theory requires knowledge of French and Italian terms, two separate worksheets are provided, separating terminology thusly. Answers included as separate documents.
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Italian musical terms worksheet (grade 3 theory)

Italian musical terms worksheet (grade 3 theory)

Worksheet with word search and translation task to be used in conjunction with reference resource such as a computer or books (e.g. AB Guide To Music Theory Part I). Covers complete terminology from ABRSM grade 3 theory requirements (separate resources are uploaded for grades 1, 2, 4 and 5). Answers included as separate document.
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A guide to C clefs (alto and tenor)

A guide to C clefs (alto and tenor)

Explanation of C clefs and short practise exercises involving note identification and re-writing into both alto and tenor clefs from treble and bass. Required knowledge for ABRSM grade 5 theory exams.
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Grade 5 theory bundle

Grade 5 theory bundle

Resources to support learning and revision for grade 5 theory (ABRSM) . Includes guides on several major topics (naming intervals, transposition and C clefs) and 7 worksheets for terminology learning.
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Italian musical terms worksheet (grade 2 theory)

Italian musical terms worksheet (grade 2 theory)

Worksheet with word search and translation task to be used in conjunction with reference resource such as a computer or books (e.g. AB Guide To Music Theory Part I). Covers complete terminology from ABRSM grade 2 theory requirements (in addition to grade 1 terms, for which a separate, free resource is uploaded). Answers included as separate document.
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A guide to intervals

A guide to intervals

Two pages of explanation and examples of harmonic and melodic intervals of all types (perfect, major, minor, augmented, diminished and compound), followed by 3 progressively more difficult worksheets, totalling 42 individual practice questions. Answers to exercises provided on final page. Useful for GCSE or A-level students. Also required knowledge for ABRSM grade 5 (and upwards) music theory examinations.
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Grade 8 theory-style score-reading question (string quartet)

Grade 8 theory-style score-reading question (string quartet)

A mock question modelled on the style of ABRSM grade 8 theory exam papers. Includes relevant score excerpt, a 25-mark question and answers. Students should be able to complete within half an hour. Also appropriate for use with higher-ability A-level students.
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Grade 8 theory bundle

Grade 8 theory bundle

Resources to support learning and revision for grade 8 theory (ABRSM) . Includes 'how to' guides for each question in the exam, three practise score-reading questions, worksheets on advanced harmony (chromatic chords) and false harmonics, and a card-sort to aid memorising of instrument names. Paired with past papers and model answers available from the exam board, these are all the resources I use to prepare students for ABRSM grade 8 theory.
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Minimalism performance task: 'Loops'

Minimalism performance task: 'Loops'

Worksheet that sets out a performance task based on 'in C' by Terry Riley. Supports learning about 20th century art music, minimalism and aleatoric music. This is essentially a very simplified version of 'in C', with easier-to-play motifs that are all two bars long. There are 6 'loops' to be performed, though the last two are bracketed as optional (and are more difficult). Full instructions are written on the sheet. Though the music is written out in notation, there are also written-in note-names and beat numbers, making it quite achievable, with modelling, for students with no experience of notation. I have used this successfully with year 9 and with an extracurricular group (a small mixed age/ability school band), but it could be used across KS3 and 4. Depending on what background work and extension tasks are added, this may be the basis of anything from one to three lessons, perhaps more.
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Grade 8 theory-style score-reading question (keyboard sonata)

Grade 8 theory-style score-reading question (keyboard sonata)

A mock question modelled on the style of ABRSM grade 8 theory exam papers. Includes relevant score excerpt, a 25-mark question and answers. Students should be able to complete within half an hour. Also appropriate for use with higher-ability A-level students.
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Grade 8 theory-style score-reading question (symphony)

Grade 8 theory-style score-reading question (symphony)

A mock question modelled on the style of ABRSM grade 8 theory exam papers. Includes relevant score excerpt, a 25-mark question and answers. Students should be able to complete within half an hour. Also appropriate for use with higher-ability A-level students.
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Greensleeves for ukuleles (instrumental)

Greensleeves for ukuleles (instrumental)

Short ukulele piece with notation, tab, chord symbols and chord diagrams. Works well with any sized group of ukulele players. Slightly longer and more difficult than my other uploads, but appropriate for a group that has already learned a more simple piece and therefore understands the concepts of tab (or notation) and chord diagrams.
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Greensleeves arranged for two voices

Greensleeves arranged for two voices

Simple arrangement of the folk song 'Greensleeves' for two voices. Suitable for two-part choir or solo voices of any type (top part reaches F but could easily be transposed).
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A guide to chromatic chords

A guide to chromatic chords

Two pages of explanation and examples of augmented sixth, neapolitan sixth and diminished seventh chords, followed by 6 chord-identification exercises. The final page gives answers for the exercises. Useful for A-level students, especially those aiming for high grades, with a special interest in composition and/or considering music at university. Also required knowledge for ABRSM grade 8 music theory examinations.
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False Harmonics - explanation and exercises

False Harmonics - explanation and exercises

A worksheet with an explanation of false harmonics and how they are notated, followed by three short exercises to practise application of theory / check students' understanding. Covers harmonics played a 4th, 5th or 8ve above stopped note. Second page shows correct answers for exercises. Useful to A-level or other advanced music theory students (e.g. grade 8 theory entrants) and to advanced string players.
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