Music theory: grade 7

Course Dates: 07/10/19 - 10/02/20
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: International House
Malcolm Miller

Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions.

NB: this course has a scheduled break 21st Oct and breaks for Christmas on 23 Dec returning on 13th January.


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 will prepare students to sit the Grade 7 exam. Please contact the music office ( if you would like to sit your exam at City Lit, which is an ABRSM Theory exam centre. ABRSM theory exam dates are usually towards the end of each term and published online here: all grade exams are available each term.

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?

Tutor presentation and explanation, written and practical exercises (clapping, singing, playing) written exercises, tutor feedback, class discussion.

Written homework between sessions will help you practise and consolidate what you learn in class.

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), and
Practice in Music Theory Grade 7 (Josephine Koh). You may also like to use: 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.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course leads to 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.


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Well structured and student centered. The lecturer puts in a lot of effort between classes to ensure the lessons are good value. Review by jsbach1230 / (Posted on 11/02/2015)
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Course Code: MG437

Started Mon, eve, 07 Oct - 10 Feb '20

Duration: 15 sessions (over 19 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £299.00
Concession: £182.00

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