Music theory: grade 3
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
sharps/flats. Break week: 02 June 2022.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
What is the course about?
A course for those with some knowledge of music theory. Using the ABRSM/Trinity Grade 3 syllabus, you will further increase your knowledge and understanding of musical language and notation through practical exercises in class in conjunction with written homework.
This course may be used as preparation for an external ABRSM music theory exam.
- Music theory grades 1-5 are available as online examinations only
- Music theory grade 6 and upwards are available as paper-based exams at ABRSM exam centres
For latest information from ABRSM, including theory exam dates/fees, please click: https://gb.abrsm.org/en/exam-booking/exam-dates-and-fees/ [external website].
- All grade exams are available three times per year, and we recommend you 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?
- compound metres based on quavers (6/8, 9/8, 12/8)
- rhythms including the demisemiquaver and anacrusis
- pitch notation requiring more than two ledger lines
- octave transposition between treble and bass clef
- major and minor keys up to four sharps / flats, including scales, key signatures, tonic triads, and quantity and
quality of intervals above the tonic
- melodic phrase structure
- standard musical terms and signs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- read, write, hear and clap and rhythms in compound metre
- understand and interpret the anacrusis
- read and write pitch beyond two ledger lines
- transpose at the octave between clefs
- read and write music notation in major and minor keys up to four sharps/flats
- understand a wider range of standard musical terms and signs
- answer questions on a Grade 3 theory music exam paper.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
At City lit our theory classes are cumulative:
- You need to have completed Music theory: grade 2 or have equivalent knowledge to join this grade 3 class
- In particular you must already have sound knowledge of major and minor keys up to three sharps and flats, simple rhythm and metre, and pitch on treble and bass clefs, including ledger lines.
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?
You will need your own copy of the course text-book (see below).
Your tutor will use a variety of techniques:
- tutor explanation and demonstration
- 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).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need manuscript paper, pencil and eraser, notebook and pen.
Please buy and bring to class:
ABRSM Guide to Music Theory Part I (covers Grades 1–5) (c.£6) [external website]
Discovering Music Theory, The ABRSM Grade 3 Workbook (c.£8) [external website].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course leads to Music theory: grade 4
Study of music theory is greatly enhanced by our Practical musicianship courses. 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.
Selena began her musical career as a composer, gaining a Dutch Government scholarship to study at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague with Louis Andriessen. As a student she won numerous prizes including BBC Young Composers, resulting in a commission for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. She has wide musical interests ranging from Renaissance counterpoint and the origins of tonality to twentieth-century composition techniques and electronic music. Selena performs in an experimental electronic music duo KOGG with Cerys Hogg. They create music by sampling vocals, sound objects, and home-made instruments, combining composed and improvised material. They have performed live and are producing an album. Selena has a keen interest in music pedagogy, particularly the social and cognitive benefits of music education, and is a specialist Kodály practitioner. She is also advisor in further education for the British Kodály Academy. Selena holds BMus (Hons), MMus and PGCE degrees, has held positions at Goldsmiths and Middlesex University and currently teaches at City Lit and Morley College.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.