If you are taking the ABRSM Grade 6 Music Theory exam, this unique course will help you get top marks.
Many people find that working under exam conditions, without access to a piano or similar, makes music composition a difficult task. Others may have a natural talent for crafting a good tune, but are perhaps unsure of the specific requirements set out by the ABRSM examining board - just what are you supposed to write? And what makes a composition good or bad - is it completely subjective? (No!)
- In this course, I will set out the marking criteria for you in a clear and structured way, so you know exactly what it is you are supposed to be writing.
- You'll then learn how to complete your composition according to the expectations of the examiners, and you'll discover that with just a knowledge of scales, chords and intervals a beautiful composition can be invented even if you can't hear it in your head.
- You'll learn specifically how to work with rhythmic and melodic ideas and to adapt them, how to create a plausible and confident harmonic structure, and how to create an effective modulation to any related key: to the dominant, subdominant or relative major/minor.
The course includes detailed explanations, (without overloading you with superfluous information), real-time worked compositions in a major and minor key, worked out before your eyes, and lots of freebie downloads including lesson summaries, exercises and compositions to work through yourself.
I'll also offer feedback on your personal exam-question compositions, if you post them in the discussion section.
After teaching music theory for many years, I've seen hundreds (if not thousands!) of grade 6 compositions, and know exactly what kind of mistakes candidates make. I'd love to help you this time around, and work with you to getting top marks in your exam.
Send me a message (click on my name) if you have any questions about this course, and do take a look at the videos marked "preview" in the list below, to see what's in store!
- There are two types of question - one with compulsory modulation one optional modulation
- Length of the composition 8-10 bars
- Performance directions must be included
- Usually each question will be in a different clef
- Choose the instrument you know best
Find out what the examiner expects of your composition: and where to get access to the official marking criteria.
How to get hold of the complete resources which complement this course, including PDF summaries of each step, and practice questions to work through.
- It's expected that you've already passed ABRSM grade 5 theory or equivalent.
- You should be confident in your knowledge of major and minor scales, key signatures, basic chords and intervals.
- Get full marks in the ABRSM Grade 6 Music Theory Composition question.
- Know what the examiner is looking for
- Be able to create a really good composition, even without being able to hear it in your head.
"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.