UPDATED for the 2018 ABRSM Syllabus Changes
The third level of ABRSM Music Theory exams is ideal for anyone who has a fair understanding of scales, keys and time signatures that are reasonably simple.
At grade 3, we delve deeper into the slightly more complex topics such as keys with up to 4 flats or sharps in them, harmonic and melodic minor scales, and simple and compound time signatures (6/8, 9/8 and 12/8).
We'll also review some of the topics from the lower grades which cause the most difficulty, such as beaming notes together in groups.
Please note that the grade 3 course/syllabus overlaps with grade 2, so we will also review some topics from grade 2 (those that normally cause the most confusion!)
The course includes:
- PDF coursebook with comprehensive explanations and examples of each topic
- PDF includes hundreds of practice exercises (answers included)
- PDF also includes a full mock test based on the style of the real exam
- Apps and quizzes for learning the foreign musical terms for this grade.
- Teacher support via the messaging board
Reference materials include all the foreign terms you need for grade 3, including those learned at grades 1 and 2, as the syllabus is cumulative, plus complete examples of all scales in both treble and bass clefs.
- You should be around ABRSM Grade 2 music theory
- You should have basic understanding of reading music with key signatures.
- Not sure which grade you are? Just send me a message and I'll help!
- Take and pass ABRSM grade 3 music theory with confidence
- Compound time signatures of 6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 and the grouping of notes within them
- The demisemiquaver/32nd note and rest
- Composition of a 4-bar rhythm from a given opening
- Transposition of a melody from treble to bass clef (or vice versa) at the octave
- Scales and key signatures in all keys up to four flats/sharps
- Major, minor harmonic and minor melodic scales
- Tonic triads in the keys for this grade
- Intervals above the tonic by number and quality
- Musical foreign terms and symbols
"This course was absolutely first rate in every way. Ms. Williams presented the material clearly, thoughtfully, and with an obvious love of teaching. The only way this could possibly have been any better is to have had the privilege of studying with her in person. I'm amazed by how much information I learned and in such an enjoyable way! Ms. Williams is someone who not only has a deep understanding of music theory, but a rare and wonderful creativity that makes her such an effective teacher of it. Bravo and thank you!"
Victoria graduated from the University of Leeds in 1995 with a BA Honours in Music, specialising in Musicology. She also holds the AmusTCL and LmusTCL diplomas in Music Theory, from Trinity College London.
Since 2007, Victoria has been teaching music theory online and by email via her acclaimed website MyMusicTheory, offering free music theory tuition following the structured syllabus of the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).
Victoria teaches all ABRSM levels, from grade 1 (beginner) up to grade 8/diploma (undergraduate level) and has an in depth knowledge of both the syllabus requirements and examiners' marking schemes. As well as teaching the ABRSM syllabus, Victoria is equally at home preparing students for the Trinity Guildhall exams, the Australian AMEB exams and the AP Music Theory exams taken in the USA.
Victoria's lessons break the tricky concepts of music and music theory down into easy-to-understand steps. She approaches teaching from the learner's point of view, building up on existing knowledge little by little, and avoids the “baffling with detail" stance taken by traditional music theory text books. She has an outstanding track-record with her students' exam successes, with the vast majority gaining top rated “merits and distinctions" from the ABRSM.
Victoria is an accomplished pianist and clarinettist, holding ABRSM grade 8 in both, and also composes in her free time. She has three children and two crazy cats.