What is the course about?
Develop your understanding of musical language, style and notation to a high level using the ABRSM/Trinity Grade 7 syllabus. This course focusses on chromatic harmony, stylistic features of Baroque and Classical music, and music analysis.
This course may be used as preparation for an external ABRSM music theory exam. ABRSM theory exam dates/fees are published online here [external website]. All grade exams are available three times per year, and it is usual to sit your exam the term after your course finishes.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- chromatic harmony: secondary 7ths, Neapolitan 6ths, diminished 7ths
- figured bass
- melodic decoration, including suspensions
- inessential notes in inner parts
- melody writing for instruments
- composing a keyboard accompaniment in Baroque or Classical style
- analysis of music for piano or ensemble (e.g. ornaments, phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read and write chromatic harmony in tonal music
- read and write figured bass
- use inessential notes to decorate a melody
- identify inessential notes in inner parts
- compose instrumental melodies
- compose a keyboard accompaniment in Baroque or Classical style
- analyse music for piano or ensemble
- answer questions on a Grade 7 theory music exam paper.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have completed Music theory: grade 6 or equivalent, and have good knowledge of rhythm and metre, diatonic harmony, simple modulation, common stylistic features of Western music, and have score-reading and analytical skills.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussion and practical exercises, take notes in English and write staff notation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course you will need your own copy of the course text-book (see below) and a computer or tablet with a webcam, microphone and reliable internet connection to take this class. We use GOOGLE CLASSROOM to share messages, documents, audio and video files and for you to submit any homework tasks. We use GOOGLE MEETS for live classes via webcam.
Your tutor will use a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration via webcam / shared screen
- short revision videos and/or audio files (posted in Google Classroom)
- worksheets (posted in Google Classroom)
- group performing and individual demonstration tasks (e.g. clapping rhythms, uploading PDF/photo of your completed homework).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please buy and bring to class: ABRSM Music Theory Workbook Grade 7
Other recommended additional texts are:
- Music Theory in Practice Grade 7 (Peter Aston & Julian Webb)
- Practice in Music Theory Grade 7 (Josephine Koh)
- ABRSM Guide to Music Theory Part II (Eric Taylor: covers Grades 6–8)
You will also need manuscript paper, pencil and eraser, notebook and pen, or you can work in Sibelius software if you prefer.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend MD438 Music theory: grade 8
For more details about musicianship and music theory please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.